RECOVERY WARD UNIT

ABOUT THIS UNIT

Location:

First (1st) Room Before Theatre

Mode of Service Delivery:

Clinical Care

Working Days & Time:

Monday – Sunday (24hrs)

Brief Background:

The recovery ward is a significant unit that is generally located in close proximity to the operating room of theatre. It is also called post anaesthesis care unit (PACU). Patients are taken to recovery after surgery to safely regain consciousness from anaesthesia and receive appropriate post-operative care.

It was in existence but not effectively used as a ward until May 2015 when it started functioning as a ward which runs a 24hours shift with starting staff of two nurses, then to five and later to the current number of twelve.

Basically patient who have had surgery or diagnostic procedures requiring anaesthesia or sedation are brought here, where their vital signs (e.g. Pulse, Respiration, Blood Pressure, Temperature, Blood Oxygen level are monitored closely as the effect of anaesthesia wears off. The patient may be disoriented when he/she regains consciousness and the recovery room nursing staff will work to ease their anxiety and ensure their physical and emotional comfort.

CLINICAL ACTIVITIES:
  • Receiving post-operative patients from theatre
  • Liaise with theatre team, Doctors, Anaesthetist and Nurses in the management of patient.
  • Reassuring patients/ Relatives of positive post-operative outcome.
  • Assessing level of consciousness
  • Monitoring vital signs (Temp, Pulse, BP, Respiration etc)
  • Providing warmth to patients
  • Assessing incisional site / pexineal pad for bleeding where applicable.
  • Monitoring intake and output including I.V Fluids urine and urethra catheter patency
  • Pain assessment and management using pain assessment tools that is Facial Grimance tool, numerical tools etc.
  • Administration of prescribed drugs including pain medication, oxytocin, antibiotics etc.
  • Inspection and changing of perineal pads when necessary.
  • Vaginal examination in O/G surgeries, expelling of clots where applicable.
  • Changing of soiled linen and cleaning of patients to make them comfortable.
  • Assessment of babies and transferring them to MBU/NICU when further nursing care is needed
  • Giving essential care to babies
  • Decontamination of instruments.
  • Resuscitation of patients i.e. oxygen administrative C.P.R. etc
  • Managing post-operative complications i.e. P.P.H, P.I.H, eclampsia and preeclampsia, incisional site bleeding etc.
  • Transferring patients to surgical when fully conscious and stable.


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