NCLEX RN Practice Question # 703

NCLEX Examination.

Practice Question # 703.

NCLEX Examination.



Postoperative Nursing care:

The patient’s recovery from the anesthesia is monitored in the PACU. His ongoing recovery is managed on either an intensive care unit (ICU) or medical-surgical unit. The postoperative period extends from the time the patient leaves the operating room until the last follow-up visit with the surgeon.

What the PACU nurse does?

The postoperative period begins when the patient arrives in the PACU, accompanied by the anesthesiologist or nurse- anesthetist. The PACU nurse’s main goal is to meet the patient’s physical and emotional needs, thereby minimizing the development of postoperative complications. Such factors as pain, lack of oxygen, and sudden movement may threaten his physiologic equilibrium.

Thanks to the use of short-acting anesthetics, the average PACU stay lasts less than 1 hour. The patient is assessed every 10 to 15 minutes initially and then as his condition warrants.

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