Following a sedation or general anaesthetic, patients must organise for an adult carer to stay with them overnight following discharge from the day hospital.
A carer is a responsible adult who is able to speak and act for the patient, if needed, and is able to assist the patient post-operatively after discharge, particularly if they experience any difficulties.
Some considerations when the patient is organising someone to stay with them overnight after discharge are:
- Ability to assist the patient overnight following discharge
- Ability to manage patient’s post-discharge medication, if needed
- Ability to recognise the need for intervention
Best Practice Guidelines For Ambulatory Surgery & Procedures 2013. Australian Day Surgery Nurses Association