Quote from at2726
Does your PACU continue to do surgeries if there aren't any beds available in the hospital? This is a chronic problem at our facility and our patients are in the recovery room for hours.
This is a major problem at my facility as well.
Sometimes the cases are emergent and must be done regardless of bed availability, but more often than not, the non-emergent cases get done at the surgeon's convenience and no one seems to care that the patient will have no where to go after surgery and get stuck in PACU.
I continue to encourage my many disgruntled patients and family members to voice their concerns to the powers that be at the facility but I'm not sure how much (if any) impact it has had over the years.
Sadly, it usually isn't because we are at capacity from a room/space standpoint, it is usually because we do not have enough med/surg and/or ICU nurses to open the many rooms that we do have available.