Procedural Sedation and Analgesia (Bundaberg EMET)

EMET Workshop: Procedural Sedation and Analgesia

Latest Course update: January 2019

Procedural Sedation describes the administration of drugs in a controlled setting to reduce pain and/or awareness. In the emergency department it is used for a wide variety of procedures including laceration repair, reduction and immobilisation of fractures or dislocations, incision and drainage procedures, wound exploration and removal of foreign bodies from the eye, ear, nose and skin. Procedural sedation is most often used in healthy adults and children (>3 months) and those with mild well-controlled systemic disease (eg. asthma).

This course examines the indications, contraindications for procedural sedation, assessment, monitoring and after care of the patient undergoing procedural sedation and introduces several of the common drugs used for procedural sedation.