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Moderate and Deep Sedation Didactic for Non-Anesthesiologists

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:

  1. Describe the continuum ranging from minimal sedation through general anesthesia.
  2. Assess the risks and benefits associated with sedation and analgesia for patients with special needs.
  3. Describe the procedures used for monitoring patients.
  4. Explain the importance of airway management, and have a rescue plan for dealing with apnea.
  5. Characterize the drugs most commonly used for sedation and analgesia.