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Information for Family and Friends

After your friend’s or family member’s surgery, he or she will initially recover in South Shore Hospital’s post-anesthesia care unit (PACU), also known as the recovery room. Patients typically remain in the recovery room for three to six hours, depending on the type of operation and each individual’s response to anesthesia. Patients who will remain in the hospital for one or more days are admitted as soon as they have initially recovered and as soon as an appropriate inpatient bed can be prepared for them. Our recovery room is staffed by registered nurses who are expert in caring for post-operative patients.

Recovery Room Visiting Guidelines

We understand that waiting can be difficult. Our goal is to reunite family care partner and patient as soon as possible. The nurse in the recovery area will determine when it is appropriate for a brief visit, usually within the first 30 minutes of arrival to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU).

Our nurses understand, that you will want to know how your loved one is feeling as soon as possible after surgery. In an effort to maintain privacy and provide the best care to all patients in the PACU, we ask you to follow some simple guidelines:

  • You must be escorted to the PACU by one of our staff.
  • Please keep conversations to a minimum.
  • Please keep focus on your loved one.
  • Please limit your visit to five minutes.
  • No beverages or food are allowed.
  • Only two visitors are allowed at a time.
  • The surgeon will notify you when your loved one has been admitted to the recovery room. We will page you, if you’d like to leave the hospital or the surgical waiting room. Please see the surgical waiting room receptionist to borrow a pager for this purpose.
  • You are encouraged to have other family members and friends call Patient Information at 781-624-3400 for an update on your loved one’s condition and for information about visiting hours.

Children under 12 years old are discouraged from visiting.



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