postoperative bed

postoperative bed

a surface prepared for a patient who is weak or unconscious, as when recovering from anesthesia. The bed is in the flat position. The bottom sheet may be covered with a cotton bath blanket that is tucked tightly beneath the mattress. The top linen is fan-folded to the far side of the bed and not tucked in. The bed is made in this way to simplify transferring a patient from a stretcher into the bed.
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Typical categories for cancellation are: Insufficient theatre time, no postoperative bed available, changed clinical condition, cancelled by patient, and patient not ready for surgery.