Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU)
Each senior resident does a two-week rotation in the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit. While in the PACU, residents are responsible for supervising the care of patients in the acute post-surgical period. They collaborate with nursing staff to manage common postoperative complications such as hypoxia, hypo- and hypertension, postoperative pain, and postoperative delirium. These residents also place epidurals or peripheral nerve blocks in the preoperative area before patients go to the operating room and are also responsible for managing epidurals and peripheral nerve catheters for patients in the PACU.
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