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Nurses are responsible for a number of patient assessment done in pre-operative clinics including their ability to tolerate anesthesia and other factors that may affect them while anesthetized.
Post anesthesia care unit
Nurses provide extensive personal care as patients emergence from anesthetic and in the immediate post-operative period until they are stable enough to transfer safely.
Many medical procedures are performed as outpatient services, where the patient is not expected to require hospitalization after the procedure.
Pain management nurses are sometimes considered to be perianesthesia nurses because of the collaborative nature of their work with anesthetists and because a large proportion of acute pain issues are surgery related. However, separate certifications specifically in pain management exist through the American Society for Pain Management Nurses.