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The Post-Anaesthetic Care Unit (PACU) - Part 2


Resource Type: Nursing Lecture
Listening Time: 42 Mins
Date Added: 06/02/2017
Date Recorded: 23/05/2016
Date Reviewed:
Event: Perioperative Nursing: Introductory Skills Update
Location: Melbourne, Australia

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Part Two - The Post Anaesthetic Care Unit is a high dependency unit, caring for patients who have been impacted by surgical manipulation and the use of anaesthetic agents (it used to be called 'Recovery Room'). Typically it is an area adjacent to the operating room where patients who have had surgery are taken for intensive nursing observation and care while recovering from the anaesthetic. There are many high-alert situations that can occur at this time; therefore the skills, clinical reasoning abilities and actions of nurses in this area are of paramount importance.

Topics covered

  • Best-practice airway management - including airway distress
  • Assessment of level of consciousness including correct documentation
  • Assessment for haemodynamic instability
  • Monitoring and managing the physiological effects of the surgical intervention e.g. postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV)
  • Use of analgesia


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Presenter Biographies

RN Grad Dip Nsg (Anaesthetic and Post Anaesthetic Care) MN (Education)

Suzi Querruel has been working in the perioperative field for the past decade. Her passion lies in perianaesthesia nursing and has been seeking to advance the field over the past few years. She is a tutor/lecturer for Western Sydney University [WSU] in the Bachelor of Nursing program and WSU The College in their Academic Pathways Programs. She is the unit coordinator at WSU The College for the subjects Health Communication and Skills in Health Science.

She was previously Anaesthetic Coordinator at Westmead Private Hospital and also has held Sessional Nurse Educator positions at the ...

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