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Immediate post-anaesthesia recovery


Every patient undergoing general anaesthesia or central neuraxial blockade for surgery should be recovered in a designated area. These post-anaesthesia care units, or PACUs, should comply with the standards and recommendations described in these guidelines and the supplementary document. 

These guidelines include information on: 

  • Monitoring, equipment and drugs 
  • PACU staff 
  • Transfer and handover of care to the PACU team 
  • Management of patients in the PACU 
  • Discharge from the PACU 
  • Audit and quality control in the PACU