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Minimizing Richmond Hospital OR to PACU Delays

Date: April 20, 2017
Filed under: Quality Academy, Improvement Project


Project description:

The aim of this project was to decrease unnecessary delays from the operating room (OR) to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) which could result in cancellations of surgeries. Despite improvements in decreasing unnecessary delays in patient readiness to transfer from PACU to surgical unit, there remains an issue with bed unavailability for post-op patients ready for transfer to a surgical bed. Future focus will be on identifying causes of and solutions to surgical bed unavailability in order to improve flow between the PACU and surgical unit in order to prevent bottlenecking of post-op patients in PACU and possible OR cancellations.

Project lead:

Name Tara Carroll
Title RN
Organization Vancouver Coastal Health
Email address tara.carroll@vch.ca
Year 2017