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Welcome to the Post Anesthetic Care Unit (PACU) 

Welcome to the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU). We are dedicated to providing the highest level of care to our patients after surgery. Your comfort & well-being is our goal. 

After surgery or a procedure, the patient is sent to the PACU to recover and wake up. The PACU is a critical care unit with specially trained nurses where the patient’s vital signs are closely observed, pain management begins, and fluids are given.  


  • You will be asked to rate your pain on a scale from 0 (no pain) to 10 (worst pain imaginable).  
  • You will also be asked about nausea. 

  • You can expect to be monitored for at least one hour or more.  
  • You will be closely observed until you are stable.  
  • Sometimes patient’s stay longer than expected, do not be alarmed!  
  • The length of stay depends on factors such as type of surgery, the patient’s response to surgery, medical history etc. Every patient’s length of stay is different! 
  • When ready, you will be transferred to your room in the hospital or to the Outpatient Surgery Unit where you will be prepared for discharge. Delays are possible.   

  • This is a restricted area.  
  • In the interest of protecting patient privacy & confidentiality, we do not allow visitation.  
  • Please remember how important it is that your loved one rest after surgery which will help them receive the full benefit of their pain medication. 
  • Under certain circumstances, when a patient requires special attention and/or assistance, arrangements may be made for someone to stay with the patient in the PACU. This would include a patient who has a disability or who requires a translator. 

Parents and/or caregivers will be invited to visit at the discretion of the nurse.

Contact Us

Health Sciences North
Ramsey Lake Health Centre
Level 2, Center tower 
41 Ramsey Lake Road
Sudbury, Ontario, P3E 5J1

Phone: 705-671-5233