Sedation during endoscopic procedures: a Hellenic Society of Gastroenterology Position Statement

Ann Gastroenterol. 2023 May-Jun;36(3):231-243. doi: 10.20524/aog.2023.0789. Epub 2023 Apr 4.


Administration of sedation by non-anesthesiologists during gastrointestinal endoscopy remains highly controversial in Greece. The aim of this set of 16 position statements prepared by experts in the field on behalf of the Hellenic Society of Gastroenterology is to aid gastroenterologists in their everyday clinical practice and provide evidence for the best use of drugs for the sedation of patients who undergo an endoscopy. The statements address issues such as the level of sedation required, the best drugs used, their mode of action, their side-effects and possible ways to counter their action, and were adopted if at least 80% of all participants agreed upon them.

Keywords: Consensus; Hellenic Society of Gastroenterology; Sedation; gastrointestinal endoscopy; propofol.