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2022 Jun

Emerg Med Pract



Procedural sedation and analgesia in the emergency department.


Kern J, Guinn A, Mehta P
Emerg Med Pract. 2022 Jun; 24(6):1-24.
PMID: 35616493.


Procedural sedation is a common procedure performed in the emergency department and is a fundamental skill for emergency clinicians. With a wide variety of procedures and patient populations, procedural sedation can be systematically tailored to individual patients' needs, in order to optimize safety and efficacy. This evidence-based review distinguishes the various levels of sedation, provides insight on which patients are appropriate for procedural sedation, lists adjuncts that should be used, and reviews considerations for special populations. The differences between the most frequently utilized medications are presented, as well as a discussion of documentation requirements and discharge criteria.