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Proceedural Sedation

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By Suzanne Atkinson ER doc and triathlon coach
Philip Kaye, Matthew Govier
Many emergency patients present with cardiac arrhythmias requiring emergency direct current countershock cardioversion (DCCV) as a part of their management. Almost all require sedation to facilitate the procedure. Propofol has been used for procedural sedation in Emergency Medicine since 1995. In 1996, in a review article in Anaesthesia, it was recommended as the drug which most closely approaches the ideal agent for DCCV. However, the existing evidence for the dosage requirements and safety of propofol in emergency DCCV is limited...
November 2014: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
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