Perioperative Patient Safety and Procedural Sedation

Jan Odom-Forren

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The use of sedation administered by nonanesthesia providers has increased exponentially over the past decade. Moderate sedation is safe but has potential adverse reactions such as hypoxemia, apnea, hypotension, airway obstruction, and cardiopulmonary arrest. Patient safety is the responsibility of every person on the perioperative team and relies on an effective sedation delivery system to keep the patient from harm. Performing safe and effective sedation involves several aspects of sedation, including the persons administering the sedation, the educational processes involved, the environment in which the sedation is conducted, patient-specific information processes, and guidelines and protocols of the institution. Future areas of research in clinical studies include safety and efficacy studies, applications of new technology, and procedural sedation and analgesia adjuncts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)355-366
Number of pages12
JournalPerioperative Nursing Clinics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2008


  • Nurse-administered propofol sedation
  • Patient safety
  • Procedural sedation
  • Safe sedation practice
  • Sedation and analgesia
  • Sedation risk factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medical–Surgical


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