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Pediatric procedural sedation and analgesia

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Author(s): Meredith James | O′Keefe Kelly | Galwankar Sagar

Journal: Journal of Emergencies, Trauma and Shock
ISSN 0974-2700

Volume: 1;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 88;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: Analgesia | pediatric | sedation

ABSTRACT
Procedural sedation and analgesia (PSA) is an evolving field in pediatric emergency medicine. As new drugs breach the boundaries of anesthesia in the Pediatric Emergency Department, parents, patients, and physicians are finding new and more satisfactory methods of sedation. Short acting, rapid onset agents with little or no lingering effects and improved safety profiles are replacing archaic regimens. This article discusses the warning signs and areas of a patient′s medical history that are particularly pertinent to procedural sedation and the drugs used. The necessary equipment is detailed to provide the groundwork for implementing safe sedation in children. It is important for practitioners to familiarize themselves with a select few of the PSA drugs, rather than the entire list of sedatives. Those agents most relevant to PSA in the pediatric emergency department are presented.
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