oa Southern African Journal of Anaesthesia and Analgesia - Sedation : is it getting easier? : guest editorial

Volume 12, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 2220-1181
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1173



Extracted from text ... Southern African Journal of Anaesthesia & Analgesia ? July/August 2006 87 GUEST EDITORIAL As medicine moves towards less invasive and fast track options, there is a steadily increasing call for the provision of sedation rather than general anaesthesia for diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. This is a result of reduced staffing, funding and inpatient facilities. 12% of in-patient procedures (and 40 -50% of out-patient surgeries) in the USA in 2001 were performed under some form of sedation. Sedation is, however, not a static or easily achieved entity. It lies at a variable distance along the continuum from the awake state to ..

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