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007.05.10-27. Specialized Services: Postanesthesia Care Unit.

AR ADC 007.05.10-27Arkansas Administrative CodeEffective: February 5, 2021

West's Arkansas Administrative Code
Title 007. Department of Health
Division 05. Health Facility Services
Rule 10. Rules for Critical Access Hospitals in Arkansas (Refs & Annos)
Effective: February 5, 2021
Ark. Admin. Code 007.05.10-27
007.05.10-27. Specialized Services: Postanesthesia Care Unit.
A. Postanesthesia Care Unit (PACU) Services shall be provided in a well-organized manner under the direction of a qualified physician and under the supervision of a Registered Nurse.
B. Policies and procedures shall have evidence of ongoing review and/or revision. The first page of each manual shall have the annual review date, signature of the department supervisor and/or person(s) conducting the review. Policies and procedures shall include:
1. Lines of authority and nursing supervision;
2. Transfer of patients from the Operating Room to Postanesthesia Care Unit;
3. Criteria for discharge of patients from the Postanesthesia Care Unit; and
4. The care of patients in the event the Postanesthesia Care Unit closes (including provisions of adequate nursing staff).
C. There shall be adequate nursing staff in attendance with every patient during anesthesia recovery.
D. A physician shall order the discharge of the patient from the Postanesthesia Care Unit.
E. Equipment shall be available in accordance with services provided.
F. The Registered Nurse shall assess and document assessment of each PACU patient.
G. Clinically relevant educational programs shall be conducted on a regularly scheduled basis not less than 12 per year. There shall be evidence of program dates, attendance, and subject matter.
H. There shall be an ongoing QA/PI program that is specific to the patient care administered.


Amended Jan. 1, 2016; Feb. 5, 2021.
<Statutory authority: Promulgated under the Authority of Ark. Code Ann. ยง 20-7-123, 20-9-201 et seq.>
Current with amendments received through May 15, 2024. Some sections may be more current, see credit for details.
Ark. Admin. Code 007.05.10-27, AR ADC 007.05.10-27
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