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Post Anesthetic Care Unit (PACU) (Phase 1) and
Surgery Recovery (Phase 2)


Following your surgery you will recover in the Post Anesthetic Care Unit (Phase 1). Registered Nurses with specialized training will monitor you closely to ensure that you recover safely and comfortably. While each person and circumstance is different, this on average takes approximately one hour.

Once you are awake and comfortable, you will be transferred to your room where your Post Anesthetic Care Unit nurse will give a full report to your surgical nurse. You will be present for the report and invited to participate in your transfer of care.

If you are going home after your surgery, you will be transferred to Surgery Recovery (Phase 2) where our team of Registered Nurses and Registered Practical Nurses will complete your care.

In phase 2, depending on your surgical procedure, you will be transferred from your stretcher to a reclining lounge chair. This will encourage early ambulating (walking), promote deep breathing and optimal circulation. Your family member will be contacted regarding a pick up time by the surgery recovery nurse.  The nurse will review the discharge instructions and prescription(s) (if provided), to the designated responsible adult.  

If the patient is a child, only one parent will be able to accompany them. 

You will be provided with written and verbal instructions specific to you and your surgical procedure and you will be given the opportunity to discuss any questions or concerns that you may have. You will also be provided with follow up care instructions and a prescription if required. This takes approximately 30 minutes depending on your procedure. Patients requiring Tonsillectomies will be required to stay for a total of 4 hours after their procedure and patients with Malignant Hyperthermia History will be required to stay for a total of 2.5 hours after their procedure.

Sometimes your surgeon will ask that you stay a little longer as he would like to see you before you go home. You may be asked to wait in the Surgery Recovery waiting area.

For your safety, your family member or friend will be required to drive you home and stay with you overnight.

You may receive a post- operative follow up phone call the day after your surgery to ensure a continuing, safe, comfortable recovery.