The Postanesthesia Care Unit - General Complications

The incidence of PACU complications varies with patient population and likely dependent upon a patient's medical history as well as the anesthesia and procedure performed. The most frequent issues encountered in the PACU setting include the following:

  1. Respiratory and airway complications
  2. Hemodynamic perturbations
  3. Postoperative nausea and vomiting
  4. Renal complications
  5. Neurologic compromise

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