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Procedural sedation in the emergency department 

Procedural sedation in the emergency department
Procedural sedation in the emergency department

Sophie Parker

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date: 27 October 2021

This chapter provides an overview of the challenges facing the emergency physician dealing with procedural sedation in the emergency department. It describes an overview of the range of potential sedation agents and the spectrum and depth of potential responses and side effects associated with these agents.

It examines the evidence base for three key clinical questions: a discussion of the need to consider fasting a patient in the emergency department, the role of sedation checklists and the use of end-tidal CO2 monitoring during sedation, and an examination of the safety profile of emergency department physicians using propofol as a sedation agent in the emergency department.

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