J Korean Acad Adult Nurs.  2006 Dec;18(5):691-698.

The Current Evaluation State of Post-Anesthetic Recovery after General Anesthesia

  • 1Department of Nursing, Kyungin Women's College, Korea. leehw@kic.ac.kr


PURPOSE: This research was conducted to evaluate, analyze, and determine the limitation of the anesthesia that is used in the recovery room in order to provide the foundation for developing the effectiveness of it. METHOD: The recovery records of this study were collected from 41 hospitals in Seoul, Kyung Ki, and Inchon province. The post anesthetic recovery records consisted of the evaluation of type, evaluative items, frequency, time, score and S(a)O2. These records were collected from September to December of 2005.
The most commonly used post anesthetic evaluation tool was Alderete Score, which was used in 73% of hospitals. The second was Aldrete Score with S(a)O2(17%). Also, 5% of the hospitals used the modified AS form. There were 2.5% of the hospitals applying the adult and child in the evaluation separately. Also, the last 2.5% of the hospitals did not use AS but measured BP, pulse, respiration, temperature, and S(a)O2 with observing nausea, vomiting, urinary retention, backache, laryngitis, shock, and neurologic assessment.
It is necessary to develop a post-anesthetic recovery evaluation tool including the application of S(a)O2, so that the early-diagnosis of hypoxia can be possible. In addition, it is necessary to develop a post-anesthetic recovery evaluating method that can distinguish a difference between adults and children.


General anesthesia; Post-anesthetic recovery
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