This module provides clinicians with information about sedation and analgesia. Viewing this information and passing a written test at the end are parts of the privileging process to administer moderate sedation and analgesia for a procedure. In addition to completing this didactic, the practitioner is required to maintain active BLS certification. SMH policy, 01-31-09: Sedation and Anesthesia Care, may be found on Sibley’s Intranet/ Hospital Policy and Procedures
At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:
- Describe the continuum ranging from minimal sedation through general anesthesia.
- Assess the risks and benefits associated with sedation and analgesia for patients with special needs.
- Describe the procedures used for monitoring patients.
- Explain the importance of airway management, and have a rescue plan for dealing with apnea.
- Characterize the drugs most commonly used for sedation and analgesia.