National Perianesthesia Nurse Awareness Week

National Perianesthesia Nurse Awareness Week

  • Posted On : 2/6/2019 9:03 AM

This profession is a “knock out” each and everyday! It’s officially the annual National PeriAnesthesia Nurse Awareness Week! These nurses are the first ones patients see before going into surgery and the first ones patients speak to after undergoing surgery! The history of this profession hasn’t always been appreciated; however, after WWI there was a need for medical attention and professionals to be there for recovering patients after undergoing intensive and invasive surgeries!

What is a perianesthesia nurse?

A perianesthesia nurse is a nurse that cares for and monitors patients that are coming out of anesthesia and sedation; however, these nurses can also be the ones who are with the patients and administering anesthesia before the surgery. The nurse is tasked with managing the patient after their surgery to make sure they aren’t any complications while or once the anesthesia wears off. The nurse monitors and tracks the following:

  • Heart rate

  • Body temperature

  • Lung Performance

  • Bodily fluids

Everyone reacts and handles this medication different, so it’s important for these professionals to be at a patient’s side after surgery and comfort the family members. Often times, when a patient is waking back up from surgery there can be confusion and the perianesthesia nurse talks them through the process of waking back up. From there, if the patient is in any pain after the medication wears off, the nurse will prescribe this patient medication.

Patient Care

At the end of the day, perianesthesia nurses make the calls after a patient’s surgery. A patient might need to stay longer due to complications or adverse effects from the anesthesia. While this is not typically common most of the time, it’s important that patients understand the severity of their surgery and effects the medication can have on them. This is a main concept in patient-centered care and explains why is patient care important!

One part of the patient centered care model is personalized care plans. These plans are developed around each patient and their individualized needs. A patient will receive a healthcare plan for discharge that will help decrease patient disruption and personalize accommodations as best as possible! However, sometimes patients will experience effects that will need to be addressed in their lives and their patient care model is based around this. Just another reason why is patient care important in any hospital or healthcare industry.

Perianesthesia nurse week

In England in 1751 was the first documentation of an recovery area and in 1923 the first recovery unit was installed into John Hopkins Hospital! It wasn’t until the 1940s that hospitals and healthcare systems saw the need for nurses to be in the room as patients recover from their surgery. By 1970s, care in recovery rooms was provided 24 hours a day.

From there, the American Society of Perianesthesia Nurses each week celebrates all of these nurses around the United States and each year holds an annual conference for these nursing professionals!

At FlowCARE Nurse Server, we want to thank all of these wonderful nurses this week! This week is all about you and understanding how much you’re appreciated in the medical field.


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