PACU Nursing Case Study

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All the nurses in PACU have something in common. At first I didn’t see it right away. After the third day of being in the PACU, I finally realize what the PACU nurses have in common. The nurses in the PACU all have an abundant amount of compassion. These nurses have very little time with each patient. Most of the patients are in the PACU for about an hour and a half. In this short amount of time the PACU nurses treat post-operative patients like their own family members. I remember each nurse telling each patient “It’s all done, your all done now.” That’s when I understood what they were doing. As a student I was paying attention to the environment, the roles of each care of the health care team, and the different diagnosis of the patients’. …show more content…
This woman is absolutely amazing. I personally consider myself lucky to have meet such a person. Liz explained that all of the nurses in the PACU must have critical care experience. Each nurse has come to the PACU, with experience from an intensive care unit or an emergency department. Liz told us that the first thing she assess the patients for are their ABCs. ABCs are the patient’s airway, breathing, and circulation. Liz said “Without A, B, and C don’t matter.” Urden states that in the PACU “The patient’s airway is assessed to ensure that it is patent, with or without adjuncts, and the patient’s breathing pattern is evaluated to ensure that it is unlabored. The patient’s blood pressure, pulse, rate of respiration, oxygen saturation level, and temperature are measured and recorded” (Urden, Stacy & Lough, 2012, p …show more content…
The PACU presented a way for me to see how nurses utilize evidence-based knowledge from biological, physical, and behavioral sciences and apply these sciences to specific patient problems. The nurses use their knowledge of the patient’s surgery and the physiology of the body, to assess the patient for potential complications. The nurse also uses her knowledge to place the patient in the proper position, to avoid complications. For example, a patient with any surgery to the spine or head, needs to be moved using the log roll method. This experience has also allowed me to witness how nurses collaborate in informational exchange with members of the health team, for provision of comprehensive patient care. When a patient arrives to the PACU the anesthesia and circulating nurse gives report to the PACU nurse. It is important for the nurse to know the type of surgery, how much blood was lost, and if there were any complications. A PACU nurses is an excellent example of how nurses collaborate with members of the healthcare team to provide an organized, quality patient centered

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