PSPAT in the Postoperative Period

Postoperative issues include:

• Patient transportation

• Patient handoff to recovery area

• Postop lab tests

• Assessing lab test irregularities

• Monitoring recovery from anesthesia

• Dealing with issues around prolonged recovery

• Pain management

• Adverse reaction to pain treatment

When surgery is complete, the patient is moved to a recovery area and monitored carefully. Appropriate laboratory tests are performed, and any abnormalities are assessed for further treatment. Pain is carefully managed along with any adverse reactions to the surgery, allergic responses, and postsurgery medication or treatment.

All of these issues need to be deal with by a combination of human and automated systems. At a minimum, PSPAT maintains an MER. This consists of all relevant data on patient flow through the perioperative process. It is collected, processed, evaluated, and updated by a workflow engine. The MER provides data for the discharge summary, and updates the external medical record. In addition, PSPAT may be tasked with monitoring protocols around lab tests and pain management, as well interfacing with transportation subsystems and handoff of the patient to external systems.

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