March 22, 2024

Safe postop patient recovery: A day in the PACU leader role

Critical assessment and rapid response are essentials skills for perioperative staff members, and that goes double for perioperative leadership. Patient-centered leadership is a must. Like the OR, the postanesthesia care unit (PACU, formerly referred to as the “recovery room”) is a critical care area plagued by an influx of new hires with little experience being thrust into a high-acuity environment. In today’s volatile staffing ecosystem, PACU leaders need the right clinical expertise and enough maturity to guide new nurses through decision-making and communication best practices.

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