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Post-Anesthetic Care

The Anesthetic Care Unit provides recovery for most children from their anesthetic immediately after their surgery or procedure.

The unit is staffed by specially trained nurses who will monitor your child closely during the early phase of their recovery. They are skilled at assessing your child’s reactions on awakening to determine whether they need any additional medication or treatment. The nurses work under the direction of the anesthesiologist to ensure your child has a safe and comfortable recovery.

Your presence is important, and you will be called to be with your child as soon as possible. Two adults are allowed in at a time, to be with the child while they are waking up. Each individual patient room allows privacy for the patient and family during their time post procedure.
Your child's length of stay in this department will depend on the procedure that they had, if they are in pain and how long they take to wake up. The nurse is avaialble to answer any questions and provide your discharge teaching before you and your child leave the department.

Contact us

The Department of Anesthesia is responsible for the medical care in the Post-Anesthetic Care Unit.

BC Children’s Hospital
Post-Anesthetic Care Unit
c/o Department of Pediatric Anesthesia
4480 Oak Street
Vancouver, BC V6H 3V4

Phone: 604-875-2345, ext. 2711

Administrative contacts

  • Trish Page, Program Manager, Procedures
    Phone: 604-875-2345, ext. 1985 
  • Lona Cunningham, Senior Director, Critical care areas, Procedures, emergency and Access 
    Phone: 604-875-2199


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