Post-Anesthesia Care Unit
During this rotation the resident assigned to the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) evaluates all patients admitted to the PACU following anesthesia. The residents develop an understanding of the normal recovery patterns from various types of anesthesia, as well as learn to recognize and treat post-anesthesia problems. Residents learn to evaluate patients' readiness for discharge from the PACU. Post-operative pain management is another facet of the PACU rotation.
To facilitate the learning experience, an on-line self-study course in post-anesthesia care is part of this rotation. Attending anesthesiologists are available to provide support and teaching.