I looked at the Anesthsia guidelines in the claims processing manual
It says, "safetly under postoperative care" The only thing that came to mind is they would stay with the patient to the point that the recovery RN would take over monitoring. Depending on the type of surgery and the patient's reaction to the surgery and anesthesia immediately following the procedure. I usually only see up to about 7 minutes past once they get to recovery for more invasive surgeries. If they were waiting for a bed, wouldn't they pass the care onto the nurse and go back to the OR to prepare for the next patient for the next surgery. And not have that amount of time to stay with patient while there would be nurse there until they go to the overnight bed, unless there was something documented in the progress note of the chart or on the anesthesia record stating why there was prolong time in recovery area. If that is not there I would bring the record back and have them document it.
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