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Pediatr Clin North Am. 2006 Apr;53(2):279-92.

Pediatric procedural sedation and analgesia.

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Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Arizona University Physicians Hospital, Tucson, 85713, USA.


Children often present with painful conditions that require painful interventions. Procedural sedation and analgesia refers to the pharmacologic technique of managing a child's pain and anxiety. Procedural sedation is a safe, effective, and humane way to facilitate appropriate medical care. It is important to distinguish the goals for the procedural sedation, pain relief or anxiolysis or both. Different medications and combinations of medications can be used to achieve the desired effect. It is also important to keep in mind the possible adverse reactions and side effects associated with each medication when choosing the sedation cocktail.

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