Background: The post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) is the central hub for recovery after surgery, especially when the surgery is performed under general anesthesia. During stays in the PACU, patients have to be monitored (clinically, and by assessing vital parameters) and stabilized in terms of potential volume deficits, pain, and body temperature, if necessary, before being transferred to a normal unit. Aim of the study: To study heart rate in patients on post-Anesthesia care. Materials and methods: The present study was conducted in the Department of Anesthesia of the Medical institution. We analyzed data from all 50 patients who underwent surgery between study period. We selected patients who underwent surgery because the procedures involved similar surgical time and were performed by the same surgeons, so that acute postoperative surgical pain experienced was thought to be similar in these patients. Patients were also excluded if they were elderly (over 70 years), had a history of cerebrovascular disease and ischemic heart disease, were treated with beta-blockers, had chronic obstructive lung disease, psychiatric illness, and/or active liver disease. Results: The mean age of the participants was 50.32 years and the age ranged from 18-70 years. The mean height of the participants was 166.35 cm. The mean weight of the participants was 68.36 kg. We observed that the heart of rate of patients normalized within hours of stay at post anesthesia care unit post operatively. Conclusion: Within the limitations of the present study, it can be concluded that heart rate was mildly elevated at the admission of patient to PACU, however, normalized with hours of admission.
Key words: Anesthesia, PACU, Heart rate