Postanesthesia Care Unit (PACU)

  • Joseph P. CraveroEmail author


You are called to evaluate a 4-year-old healthy child who is in the postanesthesia care unit (PACU) and in severe pain after orthopedic surgery. You will need to answer questions as to how to evaluate a patient in pain in the PACU and the options available to control such pain. Regional analgesia vs. systemic analgesics are discussed. Issues concerning cardiopulmonary stability are reviewed in additional questions. Other issues confronting you are nausea and persistent vomiting in an adolescent female.


Postanesthesia care unit Epidural analgesia Opioids Postoperative nausea and vomiting Prolonged QT interval Blood replacement Postoperative hypotension 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative, and Pain MedicineBoston Children’s HospitalBostonUSA
  2. 2.Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

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