Sedation and Monitoring

  • Sheila R. Barnett


Sedation is often required for patients undergoing minor procedures. The increased availability of newer medications with short duration, rapid onset, and minimal side effects has led patients and physicians to expect comfort, amnesia, and good “operating” conditions for a multitude of minimally invasive procedures. Given the increase in the elderly population, it is not surprising that there has also been a marked increase in procedures performed in extremely old patients. The skillful administration of sedation and analgesia for interventional procedures may allow these very elderly patients to avoid more invasive surgery and the consequent associated morbidity of surgery and prolonged hospitalization.1


Cataract Surgery Conscious Sedation Deep Sedation Cataract Extraction Topical Anesthesia 
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  • Sheila R. Barnett
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  1. 1.Department of Anesthesiology Harvard Medical SchoolBeth Israel Deaconess Medical CenterBostonUSA

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