Recovery in the Atrium Medical Center Post-Anesthesia Care Unit
Patients who have received general anesthesia need a quiet, comfortable place to wake up and begin their recovery. The Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) at Atrium Medical Center (Atrium) cares for these patients, who remain in the unit until they are awake, alert, and have their pain and nausea under control. A dedicated staff of Registered Nurses monitors PACU patients and an anesthesiologist oversees the unit.
The Road to Recovery
Atrium’s PACU is designed to help patients begin their recovery in the best manner possible. The unit has:
- Twelve beds, each separated by curtains
- Two private rooms for children or patients with special needs
- A nurse/patient ratio that meets or exceeds professional standards
- A calm environment with dim lights and minimal noise
- Warm blankets and warm IV fluid
The typical length of stay in the PACU is 60 minutes. From here, patients who are staying in the hospital go to their room, where their family joins them when the patient is ready. Outpatients who are leaving the same day go to a private room in a phase-two recovery area, where they continue to recover and can see their family.
The PACU is located on the second floor of Atrium.
Atrium Medical Center
One Medical Center Drive
Middletown, OH 45005
Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., with on-call hours at all other times.
For more information, call (513) 420-5081.