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Patient readiness for PACU discharge

Pusey-Reid, Eleonor DNP, MEd, RN, CCRN

doi: 10.1097/01.CCN.0000544399.76592.be
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Abstract: To achieve optimal patient outcomes, nurses need to be familiar with evidence-based practices surrounding safe patient discharge from the postanesthesia care unit. Nurses can improve interprofessional surgical team communication by properly and thoroughly documenting criteria-based postanesthesia patient assessments.

Prematurely discharging patients from the postanesthesia care unit (PACU) can lead to poor patient outcomes. To achieve optimal patient outcomes, nurses need to be familiar with evidence-based practices surrounding safe patient discharge from the PACU.

Eleonor Pusey-Reid is an assistant professor of nursing at the MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston, Mass., and clinical ICU consortium nurse at St. Vincent Hospital, Worcester, Mass.

The author has disclosed no financial relationships related to this article.

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