Flashcards in Recovery Period Notes Deck (13):
Period of time between discontinuance of anesthesia and when pt's vitals return to normal limits
Reason why the mortality rate is highest during the recovery period
The patient is not monitored as closely during this time
When extabating a patient during recovery what is done with the cuff on the ET tube
The cuff should only be deflated 2/3 of the way to help prevent aspiration
What should you do if the patient is snoozing during recovery
Get them active and help to stimulate them to prevent hypothermia
At what temperature can you safely remove the IV catheter during recovery
In what recumbency should the patient be in at the end of recovery
Voluntary sternal recumbency
All ______ and _____ Should be present and WNL before leaving the pt
Protective reflexes and vital signs
Rules for recovery, patient should not be left alone until these have been met.
10th at at least 100°F, need to be involuntary sternal recumbency, all protective reflexes are present, all vital signs are WNL
Signs of hemorrhage
Pale mucous membranes
hypothermic & hypotension increased heart rate
What is the best test to run if you see signs of hemorrhage
PCV- Requires very little blood and should always be compared to the pre-op PCV
If you notice signs of hemorrhage during recovery you should always...
Notify the doctor immediately
During recovery the patient should be extabated after two...