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The purpose of this evidence-based practice project is to evaluate the current routine post operative vital signs and determine if reduced frequency of vital signs is as effective in identifying deterioration after a post anesthesia care unit (PACU) discharge.
Synthesis of Evidence:
- Patient survival in the post operative time period is maximized with the recognition and management of abnormal vital signs
- Post op periods can carry great respiratory and circulatory complications, which are identified by abnormal vital signs especially heart rate and blood pressure
- Multiple sources have identified that current frequency of post operative vital signs is based on traditional rather than literature
- There are minimal resources identifying any standards of practice for post surgical vital sign monitoring after a patient leaves the PACU
Post surgical vital signs, Vital signs, Post anesthesia care unit, PACU
Other Nursing | Perioperative, Operating Room and Surgical Nursing
Kjellberg, Kristina; Plante, Elizabeth; and Seezs, Sadie, "Routine Post Surgical Vital Signs: Time for a Change" (2021). Nursing Posters. 136.