Care Unit (SDS/PACU) is a nursing unit at Children's Mercy
Hospitals and Clinics where patients are admitted preoperatively
and recovered postoperatively.
We perform simple outpatient procedures to complex procedures
requiring an Intensive-Care Unit (ICU) stay for the patient (i.e,
open heart surgery and kidney transplants).
We have three different areas in the unit, including
Preoperative, Phase I PACU and Phase II PACU.
Parents are with their children throughout the preoperative
process until the child goes into the operating room.
During surgery, families are welcome to wait in the
state-of-the-art surgery waiting room, a large room featuring
private conference rooms, an eating area, several TVs, and a
special area for children with a bear cave and a huge projection
After Phase I recovery is complete, the parents are reunited
with their child in Phase II PACU where they prepare to go
home. If the child is being admitted, the parents will accompany
their child and his/her PACU RN to the inpatient unit.
Our nurses are trained pediatric nurses; approximately 45
percent of our nurses are specialty certified in this
We have an anesthesiology department that specializes in
pediatric anesthesia, and they are dedicated to being team players.
We function together as a cohesive unit. Our unit is like extended
family and we thoroughly enjoy what we do!
Patients range in age from neonate to 18 years. We do a few
cases for adults with congenital problems or who are serving as an