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nursing staff in the PACU/Preop/Day Surgery
Last Updated: Jan 28, 2010 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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About the Pre-op/PACU

Setting and Patient Population

The Pre-op/PACU Unit at Brigham and Women’s Hospital is a 65 bed unit with an additional negative air pressure room for management of patients requiring respiratory precautions.  In addition, we have a very close working relationship with the Day Surgery Unit which consists of an 8 bed Phase I area with 2 additional beds that can be used for preop patients or postop patients.  There is also a 12 slot Phase II recliner chair area.  We work in close contact with the day surgery staff to manage the flow of the OR schedule.


The Perianesthesia areas serve a diverse population of patients:

·        43 Operating Rooms

·        MRT

·        Interventional Radiology suites

·        Other off site areas when general anesthesia is administered. This can include: endoscopy, cardiac cath, angio, MRI, and CT.



Though a variety of intensive care settings are available to recover patients directly from the OR, there are at times still not enough beds to accommodate the surgical schedule.  The PACU is able to accommodate any ICU patient with the exception of the immediate post-cardiac surgical patient.



Staff Overview

The PeriAnesthesia staff is large, with approximately 120 nurses with varying backgrounds. The PACU also has a defined role of Resource Nurses who are also available for assistance with complex issues or questions as they arise.




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