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