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Contemporary trends in pediatric sedation and analgesia.

Emergency medicine clinics of North America

Analgesia, United States, methods, Preoperative Care, Pediatrics, drug therapy, Pain, Infant, Newborn, Infant, therapeutic use, Hypnotics and Sedatives, Humans, Emergency Medicine, Conscious Sedation, Child, Preschool, Child, Anesthetics, Analgesics

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      The ability to provide safe, effective procedural sedation and analgesia is a necessary skill for physicians caring for the acutely ill or injured pediatric patient. They physician should be familiar with the agent(s) chosen, including dosage, duration, adverse effects, and contraindications. The choice of agent and regimen should be individualized for the patient and situation. Successful outcomes depend on performing careful pre- and post-sedation evaluations, following appropriate monitoring and equipment guidelines, and having the knowledge and skills to manage any adverse cardiorespiratory event.

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