The American College of Physicians (ACEP) has previously published guidelines in October 2013 about Procedural Sedation and Analgesia. In these guidelines, they provided Level B recommendations that state, “Do not delay procedural sedation in adults or pediatrics in the ED…
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Continuous Capnometry Should be Standard Practice for Moderate-Deep Procedural Sedation Continuous capnometry has been consistently proven to identify patients undergoing moderate-deep procedural sedation who have impaired ventilation well before hypoxia develops.  There have been at least 8 studies that have…
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Chest tube placement, or tube thoracostomy, can be an anxiety-provoking procedure for both the patient AND the operator.  It can also be a very gratifying procedure for the operator when performed successfully and without patient discomfort. Here are a few…
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Researchers assessed the incidence of sedation-related serious adverse events (SAEs) and risk factors for them in a prospective cohort study of children ≤18 years of age presenting to six Canadian pediatric emergency departments (EDs) and requiring sedation for painful procedures.…
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In Australia, investigators analyzed 573 random adults from three emergency departments (EDs). These patients were to receive ketofol (a 1:1 mixture of ketamine and propofol) or propofol prior to a painful procedure. Initially, ketofol was administered intravenously at 0.25 mg/kg…
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The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) just published a new clinical policy on procedural sedation and analgesia in the emergency department, which revised the previous policy from 2005.1  Procedural sedation (conscious sedation) is extremely common in the ED and…
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