Post Anesthesia Care (PACU) Rotation
A rotation in the
Post-anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) is a requirement of the American Board of
Anesthesiology and an introduction to where you will spend much of the rest of
your career. Immediate postoperative care has several idiosyncratic concepts
not found in any other critical care setting, making it foundational wisdom of
our specialty. On your ultimate certification exam, an oral board discussion,
fifteen minutes will be dedicated to the postoperative management of a case you
will have just finished. This month long rotation has a Study Guide, assigned
reading, and an X-ray file for review with the Medical Director, Dr Lorraine
Arias. Three days per week, the day begins by providing anesthesia for
electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) with members of the Department of Psychiatry.
These challenging anesthetics add yet another layer of complexity to a uniquely
varied experience. A faculty member is assigned to the Inpatient PACU each day
for guidance and supervision. Patients in the PACU are turned over to the senior
resident on call at the end of the day.