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Procedural sedation 

Procedural sedation
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Procedural sedation
Author(s):

Joseph P. Cravero

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199642656.003.0020
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date: 18 November 2018

Paediatric patients undergoing procedures often require sedation to provide the appropriate combination of anxiolysis, analgesia, and motionlessness. Due to the behavioural and developmental issues involved with this population, children actually require sedation to accomplish procedures much more often than adults. Paediatric sedation is a dynamic area of practice. Requests for this care continue to rise. The variety of providers involved in this care has also increased significantly. This chapter reviews the basic concepts involved in sedation delivery and then addresses the various considerations involved in sedation cases from the point of view of patient factors, procedure factors, and provider factors. Various drugs available for sedation are also reviewed with comments on appropriate strategies for a variety of common diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.

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