Safe sedation for the non-anaesthetist

Clin Med (Lond). 2016 Apr;16(2):161-3. doi: 10.7861/clinmedicine.16-2-161.


Sedation has become an essential part of many invasive medical procedures. However, over the years, there have been concerns about the safety of sedation techniques. Various combinations of drug-based and non-drug-based approaches are used for procedural sedation depending on patient factors and the anticipated discomfort associated with each procedure. The common denominator for successful practice for a sedationist is knowledge, adequate training and a mechanism for revalidation.

Keywords: Sedation; capnography; monitoring; training.

MeSH terms

  • Conscious Sedation* / adverse effects
  • Conscious Sedation* / standards
  • Contraindications
  • Health Personnel
  • Humans
  • Patient Safety / standards*