Care of Deteriorating Patients in PACU - A post-anesthesia care unit
CPD Hours / Duration
1 hour/s
Depends on Membership level

Care of Deteriorating Patients in PACU - A post-anesthesia care unit

Presenter Lilliana Levada, Perioperative Nursing Education Consultant

Lilliana Levada is an experienced clinician with over 35 years of clinical experience in perioperative nursing (instrument, circulatory, anaesthetic, PACU, educator, consultant and manager nursing roles), intensive care nursing, patient flow management, after-hours hospital management and patient safety management.

Lilliana is passionate about nursing research and patient safety and uses this to translate science into practice. In the past, this has led her to become a lead reviewer for ACORN Standards and engage in providing consultancy for healthcare management.

She firmly believes that continuous improvements in nursing practice are paramount, and loves when nurses cause 'revolution' and evolution in healthcare practice.

Lilliana is also involved in medical missions - donating her time and expertise to those causes.

Course Content

Clinical deterioration is a significant problem in acute care settings. Patient factors, duration of surgery and events in the Operating Room can be predictive of subsequent clinical deterioration in PACU. Such information can assist perioperative critical thinking with respect to patient outcomes.

Target Audience

Learning Outcomes

In this session, you will:

  • Gain an understanding of nurses role in post-operative patient monitoring
  • Recognise how to identify and respond to clinical deterioration in surgical patients
  • Explore/Examine models to prevent clinical deterioration of patients in PACU
  • Review the importance of a collective team approach to preventing, recognizing and responding to clinical deterioration