Carers Information

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:

  • Availability
  • Transport
  • 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