oa Southern African Journal of Anaesthesia and Analgesia - Is my patient adequately awake for recovery room discharge? : nurses refresher course
Recovery after anaesthesia must be monitored carefully, and patients should be assessed before they are discharged to the ward or some other area where they are less likely to receive the same level of care. While the anaesthetist is responsible for his or her patient until he or she is discharged from the recovery room, the decision to make the release is usually delegated to a responsible trained nurse. Therefore, strict discharge criteria are essential.
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