Eric Ketcham and colleagues explain the circumstances in which supervised nurses can provide sedation for patients undergoing specific emergency procedures
In the United States, following the singer Michael Jackson’s fatal overdose of the sedative propofol in 2009, there has been extensive controversy about the administration of the drug by nurses during procedural sedation, or sedation during specific procedures that physicians can suspend to assist nurses in airway management. This article reviews the evidence base for nurses administering procedural sedation under medical supervision.
Emergency Nurse. 21, 6, 20-24. doi: 10.7748/en2013.10.21.6.20.e1218Correspondence
This article has been subject to double blind peer reviewConflict of interest
Received: 18 July 2013
Accepted: 06 September 2013
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