What are the advantages for extubated patients going straight to PICU versus stopping off in PACU?
Mar 8, '17
In my humble opinion if a pediatric patient is sick enough to need to be in the PICU, even if they are extubated, they should go there after sedation/surgery. The PICU staff knows peds, peds dosages, peds care, etc.
PACU nurses are very competent and can and do recover peds patients, but they do not deal daily with peds and there is a greater possibility for mistakes to happen. (Those pesky teeny tiny meds dosages). Or just not to have certain supplies right at hand from diapers to restraints, face mask, blood pressure cuff, etc. (Ideally they were given a heads up and have the supplies ready, but stuff happens.)
I would assume the patient is a 1 : 1 in the PICU for several hours?
I am curious why you ask, do you work PACU or PICU?
Last edit by brownbook on Mar 9, '17
: Reason: deletete this post, my reply is inaccurate, gives the wrong information, the wrong impression