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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 2014 July;80(7):844-55

language: English

Recent advances and contributions to procedural sedation with considerations for the future

Prescilla R., Mason K. P.

Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA


As the demand for sedation services have increased, the delivery of sedation has shifted from the operating room setting to areas distant to the operating room, both within and outside the hospital setting. Sedation delivery is not monopolized by any one specialty, but rather is being delivered by anesthesiologists as well as non-anesthesiologists. As the field of sedation burgeons and multi-specialists enter the realm of meeting the demands, so also have the politics increased. Unfortunately, the choice of sedative agents has not increased in parallel with the demand for sedation. Over the past decade, there has been a paucity of new introductions for procedural sedation. Rather, new formulations of approved agents are being reexamined. The safe, efficient and predictable delivery of sedation remains at the forefront of discussion and review worldwide. This review will explore the recent, significant and noteworthy contributions to the field of sedation.

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