Sedation for the pediatric patient. A review

Pediatr Clin North Am. 1994 Feb;41(1):31-58. doi: 10.1016/s0031-3955(16)38690-4.


Safe sedation of a pediatric patient requires a thorough knowledge of the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of the drugs used to sedate the patient and the skills necessary to deal effectively with potential adverse events as a result of the sedation. The Sedation Guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatrics are reviewed. Emphasis is placed on monitoring and appropriate selection of drugs.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Anesthesia / methods*
  • Anesthetics, Local
  • Barbiturates
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Clinical Protocols
  • Conscious Sedation / methods*
  • Fasting
  • Humans
  • Hypnotics and Sedatives
  • Infant
  • Monitoring, Physiologic
  • Narcotics
  • Pediatrics / methods*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic


  • Anesthetics, Local
  • Barbiturates
  • Hypnotics and Sedatives
  • Narcotics