PACU Waltham- Post Anesthesia Care Unit Project in Waltham

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. Because BCH Waltham outpatient surgery patients are selected as having ASA health status 1 or 2, it is likely that the outcomes from their care will be dependent on these factors rather than their underlying pathology.  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.

Learn More About This Study

PACU Waltham Informational Brochure

PACU Waltham Informational Slideshow

PACU Waltham Protocol

PACU Waltham Informed Consent

Project Status

This study has been approved by the IRB and we are currently enrolling participants.  

Our Collaborators:

William Sparks, MD
Associate in Perioperative Anesthesia
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 Waltham