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|Title:||The past, present and future of the postanesthesia care unit (PACU) in Japan.|
Scott, David A
|ANZCA/FPM Author:||Scott, DA|
|Citation:||Journal of anesthesia 2017-08; 31(4): 601-607|
|Abstract:||The postanesthesia care unit (PACU), which is run and coordinated by anesthesiologists, delivers general medical supervision as well as close and constant care to patients who have just undergone a surgical procedure under anesthesia. Although PACU management has been considered a standard procedure in many developed countries since the 1940s, Japanese hospitals have tended to cease their management, and only 16.1% of hospitals in Japan currently have PACUs. In today's efficiency-required atmosphere in Japan, we need to consider a better postoperative management method, including facilities similar to the PACU, to prevent serious adverse events and improve the postoperative outcomes and quality of life. Nevertheless, the way postoperative patients are treated and cared for, and the location in which they receive such attention, will likely need to be modified to fit the Japanese style due to Japan's unique medical systems and traditions. Here, we describe the past, present and future of the PACU and postanesthesia care in Japan compared with other countries.|
|Journal Title:||Journal of anesthesia|
|Appears in Collections:||Scholarly and Clinical|
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