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Post Anesthesia Care Unit

The Post Anesthesia Care Unit(PACU) is a short term intensive care area for postoperative care. The PACU is staffed by qualified registered nurses and has specialized patient monitoring equipment. The PACU nurses provide competent care for patients who have received sedation/analgesia or anesthetic agents for surgery and other procedures.

Why Choose Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene?

When a patient undergoes a surgical procedure at the Cheshire Medical Center, they can rest assured knowing they are in good hands, receiving the best medical care. The PACU nurses are registered professionals who are certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS). Our nurses participate in patient focused care, providing postoperative teaching to patients and their families and comprehensive patient assessments through the postoperative process. Postoperative care doesn't end when the patient goes home; follow up phone calls are made to outpatients the day after surgery, ensuring that recovery is progressing and that questions are addressed quickly and personally.

The staff of the PACU is dedicated to four Basic Values:
  • To honor the dignity of each patient by demonstrating compassion, respect, and maintaining confidentiality.
  • To meet and exceed the standards of care established by the American Society of Post Anesthesia Nurses (ASPAN) and the Association of Perioperative Nurses (AORN).
  • To maintain and update theory base and technical skills through attendance at conferences and in-services programs.
  • To collaborate with physicians and each other in providing care through cooperation, mutual respect, and promotion of communication.
Additional Contact Information:

Amy Sintros, RN, MS
Clinical Leader, PACU
603-354-5454 x2861