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A Journal on Anesthesiology, Resuscitation, Analgesia and Intensive Care

Official Journal of the Italian Society of Anesthesiology, Analgesia, Resuscitation and Intensive Care
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Minerva Anestesiologica 2002 December;68(12):911-7

language: English, Italian

Quality control of sedation for diagnostic radiological procedures in paediatric patients (waiting for guidelines)

Baiocchi M., Rinaldi V., Zanette G., Zadra N., Meneghini L., Metrangolo S., Giusti F., Giron G. P.

Department of Pharmacology and Anesthesiology University of Padua, Padua


Background. The number of children requiring sedation for radiological procedures is increasing. Anaesthesiologists are increasingly involved in giving sedation or general anaesthesia in the rooms of the Radiology Department. This activity is not easy, and can be dangerous. The procedure is often performed on an ambulatory basis, so the child must be alert and discharged rapidly after the procedure.
Methods. We reviewed the medical charts of 488 patients in order to evaluate the incidence of complications during deep sedation for diagnostic radiological procedures. The patients were sedated with intravenous thiopental or propofol, or with oral chloral hydrate. All the patients were breathing spontaneously and received only supplemental O2.
Results. We found only a few cases of complications, immediately treated without any recourse to tracheal intubation: respiratory failure with arterial desaturation to 94%, regurgitation, vomiting and persistent cough.
Conclusions. On the basis of our experience, we believe that deep sedation with endovenous drugs guarantees safety and rapid discharge after the procedure.

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