Medical Journal Post-Anesthesia Care Unit

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The personnel are close and they maintain a good relationship with each other. While there was no incident that caused them to work together I have seen them help each other out. PACU or the recovery room is where the patients come directly too after their surgery. The basic job of the nurses at PACU is to make sure that the patient wakes up from the anesthesia and keep their pain low. Notice how I said low not gone because they rate pain on a pain scale of 1 to 10 which 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest. Their job is to keep the pain under 3 and make sure the patient is ready to go to their assigned room where they can meet their family members. Some of the equipment the use are the vital signs monitor, a bear hugger machine which basically keeps the patients warm, a IPC which basically mimics walking so that the blood can go back up to the heart and tympanic thermometer for manually checking your temperature. Nasal camula other oxygen masks were used but it was only for a little while as most of the patients were able to breathe on their own. They were really safe before performing each procedure as they would always sanitize before touching anything. Cool thing that I learned from this experience is how to use a tympanic thermometer and to always when taking bodily fluids from patient example blood always be sure to take an extra 5cc to spare.
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