Updated guidelines focus on monitoring pediatrics

February 2007
Same-Day Surgery;Feb2007, Vol. 31 Issue 2, p19
Academic Journal
Updated guidelines address the management of pediatric patients during and after sedation. • The staff must have a comfort level appropriate to the level of sedation. When more than mild sedation is used, a second professional trained in pediatric life support should be in the room. • Providers should know pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic effects of the medications, should be educated on drug interactions, and have training and skills in airway management. • Providers should have age-appropriate crash carts; up-to-date monitoring devices; child-sized face masks, intravenous lines, and breathing tubes; and protocols for contacting backup emergency services. • Discharge instructions should include an emergency contact and information about side effects and how long the child should be monitored.


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