By Lynn Razzano, RN, MSN, ONCC (Clinical Nurse Consultant, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety)
The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) defines procedural sedation as:
“a technique of administering sedatives or dissociative agents with or without analgesics to induce a state that allows the patient to tolerate unpleasant procedures while maintaining cardiorespiratory function. Procedural sedation and analgesia (PSA) is intended to result in a depressed level of consciousness that allows the patient to maintain oxygenation and airway control independently.”
Continue reading “Procedural Sedation guidelines for Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy: The Basics”
In an article recently published in the Society of Anesthesia & Sleep Medicine newsletter (page 4), Michael Wong, JD and Lynn Razzano, RN, MSN, ONCC discuss identifying risk of respiratory compromise for patients receiving patient-controlled analgesia (PCA). Continue reading “Identifying Risk of Respiratory Compromise for Patients Using Patient-Controlled Analgesia: Lessons Learned from a National Hospital Survey”
by Sean Power
Patient safety experts recently participated in a webinar on reducing adverse drug events and harm associated with postoperative opioid pain management programs. Premier Safety Institute, an organization dedicated to coordinating safety-related activities among national organizations to help improve safety, hosted the webinar.
The panel featured four patient safety experts: Continue reading “Patient Safety Experts Share 4 Insights About Safer Opioid Pain Management”