The Systematic Review Process: An Overview

      OVER THE YEARS, perianesthesia nursing has evolved from the care of postoperative surgical patients to the care of a wide variation of nonsurgical patients who have received anesthetic agents during procedures performed in other specialized departments such as endoscopy, interventional radiology, cardiac catherization laboratory, radiation therapy, and nuclear medicine, etc. In addition, once-simple outpatient procedures have evolved into more complex, advanced, and complicated procedures requiring a higher level of nursing care across the perianesthesia continuum.
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      Pamela E. Windle, MS, RN, NE-BC, CPAN, CAPA, FAAN, is the Nurse Manager, PACU, and Surgical Observation Unit at St Luke's Episcopal Hospital, Houston, TX.