Position Statement on Procedural Sedation
Although procedural sedation is generally safe, the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety recommends that all procedural sedation follow at least these five precautions:
- Administration of Procedural Sedation Must Be With Trained Personnel, Who SHOULD NOT Also Be Performing the Procedure
- Equipment and Supplies Must Be On-Hand in Case of Oversedation and Respiratory Compromise – and Clinicians Need to Practice How to Use Them!
- Early Detection of Respiratory Compromise Will Decrease Adverse Events and Patient Deaths
- All Patients Undergoing Procedural Sedation Should be Monitored with Capnography
- Recovery and Discharge of the Patient Must be Supervised by Trained Anesthesia Providers