Sedating children

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Sedation is often viewed as less dangerous than general anaesthesia.

Sedation requires a sedationist, an assistant, monitoring and resuscitation equipment, and drugs.

The Association of Anaesthetists recommends that monitoring standards should be the same for sedation and anaesthesia: continuous ECG and pulse oximetry, some means of measuring respiration such as end tidal CO monitoring, frequent blood pressure estimations, and inspired oxygen concentration monitoring if the patient is breathing from a gas delivery system.1-7 The cost of anaesthetic equipment cannot be avoided if the children who failed to be sedated are dealt with on the same site.

Comparable grades of paediatrician, radiologist, and anaesthetist cost the same although nurse sedationists cost less.

​Anytime a child undergoes a surgical procedure requiring anesthesia or sedation, parents will have questions about possible risks—especially when that child is an infant or a toddler.

In an effort to help families prepare, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) answers frequently asked questions about the safety of anesthesia.

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