Our PACU is one of the many around the country that is experiencing problems getting rooms for our post op med-surg patients and end up keeping them for hours to days. We are setting up a Level III (Boarder Unit) and would like to know what other PACUs are doing. Have you drawn up policies and procedures to cover the care of these patients. How do you staff it for the overnight 'boarders'? Do you have a special crew of nurses just to take care of them or do you cover it with call staff?
Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated.