Post Anesthesia Care Unit

The Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) is a short-term Critical Care Unit of Yale-New Haven Hospital, Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven Hospital and Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital. There are separate PACU's for each operating suite: North Pavilion (Smilow), South Pavilion, East Pavilion (Ambulatory Operating Rom), and West Pavilion (Children's Hospital). In the PACU patients are monitored for their acute recovery from intraoperative anesthesia and surgery before transfer to their inpatient bed or discharge from hospital.

Anesthesiology residents have a two-week rotation in the PACU. During this rotation the resident assumes responsibility for the overall management of patients during their PACU stay. Problem-base discussions are part of the didactic experience in PACU care. The resident has the opportunity to more fully appreciate the collegial relationship between Anesthesiologist and Post Anesthesia Nurse.