[PDF] Standards for contingency management and delivery of critical care in a post anaesthesia care unit (PACU)

Royal College of Nursing - RCN
Royal College of Nursing (RCN)
Publication date:
29 November 2010


The delivery of safe and effective critical care of adults in a post-anaesthesia care unit (PACU) requires input from medical, nursing and technical personnel. When demand for critical care outstrips the available human and material resources, there is a growing trend of using the operating department recovery room as an interim venue for the care of newly critically-ill adults. It is therefore of great importance that the necessary training, education and skills are developed to cope with these scenarios. These standards, intended to apply to the care of critically-ill adults only, have been designed to inform the development of an organisation-wide operational policy for the management of patient care and to help provide a clear and unambiguous framework for decision-making.