Guidelines for sedation and/or analgesia by non-anaesthesiology doctors

Eur J Anaesthesiol. 2007 Jul;24(7):563-7. doi: 10.1017/S0265021507000452.


The still ever increasing demand for sedation and/or analgesia for diagnostic and therapeutic procedures puts high pressure on anaesthesia care providers all over Europe. Since the capacity to provide that service by anaesthetists is limited in most European countries, guidelines for non-anaesthetist doctors who want to sedate patients on a high-quality level and especially in a safe way are mandatory. This paper, produced by a working party of the European Board of Anaesthesiology of the European Union of Medical Specialists (EUMS/UEMS), gives direction to those practitioners who feel responsibilities in this area of medicine. Close cooperation with anaesthesiologists seems mandatory to achieve and sustain a high-quality standard for our patients undergoing medical or surgical procedures under sedation.

Publication types

  • Practice Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Aftercare
  • Analgesia / adverse effects
  • Analgesia / methods*
  • Anesthesia / adverse effects
  • Anesthesia / methods*
  • Anesthesia Recovery Period
  • Anesthesiology* / education
  • Certification
  • Clinical Competence
  • Education, Medical, Continuing
  • Education, Medical, Graduate
  • Europe
  • Health Personnel / education
  • Humans
  • Medical Records
  • Monitoring, Physiologic
  • Patient Selection
  • Physicians*
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care
  • Societies, Medical*
  • Specialty Boards*
  • Workforce