A Day in the life of the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit

The Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) at CURE Uganda is a small space next to the main entrance to the operating room. It contains three beds and a stretcher. The spaces in between are filled with oxygen tanks, masks, warming blankets, and a defibrillator. The purpose of this small, cramped space is to monitor patients waking up from anesthesia before they are transferred to the Intensive Care Unit.

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Anesthesiologist Adam and Nurse Okineh work on getting a monitor hooked up to their patient just moments after they left the OR.

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Nurse Janet covers her face as she checks the temperature of Sandra who is under a warming blanket to prevent hypothermia.

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Nurse Janet watches an IV drip to make sure it is flowing properly.

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Anesthesiologist Adam works on getting his patient attached to a monitor.

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Nurse Okineh helps his patient breathe as Anesthesiologist Adam listens to the patient’s lungs.

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Nurse Janet covers Fatinah with a blanket as she watches her monitor.

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Nurse Janet checks the breathing of her patient Nesia, who just got out of surgery for a shunt placement.