The Postanesthesia Care Unit - Recovery from Regional and Neuraxial Anesthesia
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Uncomplicated regional blocks
Uncomplicated regional blocks may not require recovery in the PACU. Postoperative monitoring is indicated when heavy sedation was administered, when a complication from the block occurred (e.g., intravascular injection of a local anesthetic and pneumothorax), or when required by the nature of the surgery (e.g., carotid endarterectomy).