PACU – Post Anesthesia Care Unit Outcomes Project

Quality outcomes in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) have always been a goal of hospital care at Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH). A considerable number of metrics can be used to measure quality of outcomes in the PACU – such as the incidence of postoperative pain, the incidence and degree of emergence delirium, and number of patients who experience post-operative vomiting. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the quality of outcomes in the PACU at BCH and to identify preoperative demographic and behavioral data as well as intraoperative and anesthetic predictors of adverse PACU outcomes. We believe this will help us improve post anesthetic care quality and create a higher level of satisfaction for patients, family, and health care providers.

Approved Clinical Research Documentation:

Project Status:

Enrollment has finished and data from that collection effort in the process of being analyzed. In addition automated data collection efforts are being continued.

Our Collaborators:

Richard Blum, MD
Post Anesthesia Care Unit Director,
Department of Anesthesia, Perioperative and Pain Medicine,
Boston Children’s Hospital

All Staff and Nursing Providers,
Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU),
Boston Children’s Hospital