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By Leslie Coplin, Executive Editor, AHC Media
(This information first ran as breaking news on July 5 on the website for our publisher, AHC Media. To keep up with breaking news in the healthcare field as it happens, readers can go to reliasmedia.com.)
The American Academy of Pediatrics, with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, has issued updated clinical guidelines for delivering safe sedation to pediatric patients before, during, and after diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.
Over the past 20 years, the number of procedures performed on children in outpatient settings has increased, which has led to the need for increased awareness of the importance of providing safe sedation. The guidelines include two major changes to sedation procedures.
First, children who are deeply or moderately sedated should have capnography monitoring to measure expired carbon dioxide and ensure airway patency and gas exchange. Second, the assistant to the person monitoring sedation is required to have pediatric advanced life support training.
Other key highlights of the guidelines include:
(To access the guidelines, readers can go to http://bit.ly/29kkgXj.)
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