oa CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Safe sedation in general practice - what is 'safe sedation' in general practice?

Volume 30, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



This article focuses on sedation for procedures outside the operating room (OOR).

Sedation providers come from a range of backgrounds and unlike anaesthesia providers often receive their training in the form of 'see one, do one, teach one'. This might have been sufficient in the days when diazepam and pethidine were used to immobilise patients for procedures and left them sleeping for many hours thereafter. However, modern-day drugs are potent, rapid-acting and have a predictable offset. They are often controlled by target-directed infusion pumps, thereby elevating sedation to a science in its own right.

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