The Recovery Room is located on the second floor of
the hospital next to the operating room/surgery.
There are signs referring to the "P.A.C.U."
which means Post Anesthesia Care Unit. P.A.C.U. is what
the hospital staff calls the Recovery Room. They are
one in the same.
Following my operation or special procedure, I will
awaken from my anesthesia in the Recovery Room. A post-anesthesia
nurse will connect me to a monitor that will allow frequent
checking of my blood pressure and heart rate. My breathing
will be closely monitored by the nurse and also, with
the assistance of a monitor that connects to my fingertip.
I will be wearing an oxygen mask. The nurse will ask
me to deep breath and cough. This will assist in maintaining
good lung function.
I will have an I.V. (intravenous needle) in place that
allows the nurse to give me fluids and medications,
such as pain medications prescribed by my doctor.
The average length of stay in the Recovery Room is 1.5
to 2 hours. If I have received a "spinal
anaesthetic", my stay will probably be longer as
I must stay until the anesthetic has worn off and can
move my legs again. If my stay in the Recovery Room
is longer than expected a nurse will contact my family.
My family members may wait close by in the surgical
waiting room on the second floor. The doctor will contact
my family in the waiting room. A volunteer is present
in the waiting room from 7:30 A.M. to 3:00 P.M., Monday
through Friday. After 3:00 P.M. and during weekends
and holidays, the Recovery Room Staff will call them
in the waiting room to provide them with information,
including room numbers since I will be staying overnight.
Public restrooms and a telephone are available in the
surgical waiting room.
Since there are usually many patients in the Recovery
Room at any time, they do not allow visitors in this
area. This protects all patients' privacy.