Safe sedation practice in the emergency department
New guidance from the Royal College of Emergency Medicine on advanced clinical practitioners’ airway management skills
Patients in the emergency department may need to undergo painful, unpleasant or distressing diagnostic or therapeutic procedures as part of their care, necessitating sedation.
Procedural sedation (PSA) is used to help manage short and potentially painful procedures, such as wound exploration, suturing, incision and drainage of abscesses, manipulations of fractures and dislocations.
The aim is to relieve the patient’s anxiety and foster cooperation, while producing a state of reduced consciousness, where someone is still able to respond to verbal or physical stimulus, says the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM).
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