n South African Gastroenterology Review - Controversies in sedation for gastrointestinal endoscopy : private practise portfolio

Volume 8, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1812-1659



The introduction of new sedative agents as well as a desire for improved patient satisfaction and greater efficiency has changed the practice of endoscopic sedation. The frequency of sedation for gastrointestinal endoscopy varies, but has increased and is now given in the majority of cases, particularly in the private practice setting. Although sedation improves tolerance of the endoscopic procedures, it may be responsible for about 50% of the complications related to the examination.

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