At the center of all care is the patient, and the best monitor for a patient is not the EKG (heart) or the blood pressure monitor. The best monitor of all has repeatedly been shown to be the registered nurse's watchful experienced eyes. Patient standard of care in the recovery room is typically one nurse to one or two patients at a time. When two patients are cared for by the same registered nurse, the patients are located adjacent to each other for safe competent care.

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