Sedation and the paediatric patient
The actual figures of mortality and morbidity in children under sedation are not known. In an analysis of sedation disasters in the United States 52 deaths and 27 cases of significant morbidity were reported which were directly attributed to sedation. These were mainly due to drug overdose, inadequate monitoring, inadequate training or premature discharge home. It is important to realise that hospitals and practitioners are being taken to task in court for inadequate sedation as well as for “sedation disasters”.
KeywordsNitrous Oxide Painful Procedure Advanced Life Support Sedative Agent Paediatric Sedation
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