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Post-anaesthetic care unit: visitor policy


The post-anaesthetic care unit (PACU) staff recognizes the importance of the family / friend supportive role in the postoperative care and recovery of the patient.

The recovery room staff strive to treat all significant others equitably according to individual needs. Visitors are permitted in accordance with the safety and privacy of all patients in the PACU.

Visiting Hours

  • Visits are arranged by the volunteers in the OR waiting room (room A-148), weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
  • Visiting is restricted during the three shift changes. These occur between: 7:00 a.m. and  8:15 a.m., 5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., and 11:00 p.m. and midnight
  • After hours, visiting may be arranged with a PACU nurse by using the telephone in room A-148

Number of Visitors

One visitor per patient is allowed inside the PACU.


  • The volunteer will escort the visitor to the PACU, as it is a secured area.
  • It is recommended that one visitor be designated as the spokesperson for each patient. This visitor will be updated regularly by the volunteer in the OR waiting room.
  • If the patient wishes, once he or she has met the PACU discharge criteria, one visitor is invited for a five-minute visit while the patient awaits their bed assignment. This is also dependant on the activity in the PACU.
  • Longer visits will be allowed for: patients who require translators, patients under the age of 16, and patients with special needs.
  • Special consideration will also be made on compassionate grounds.
  • Visitors must perform vigilant hand hygiene with the waterless cleaning solution for 15 seconds before entering the unit, after touching the patient or any area of the bedside, and when leaving the unit.
  • Visitors are expected to respect other patients' privacy.