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Eur J Anaesthesiol. 2007 Jul;24(7):563-7.

Guidelines for sedation and/or analgesia by non-anaesthesiology doctors.

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University Medical Center Utrecht, Division of Perioperative Care and Emergency Care, Department of Anaesthesiology, The Netherlands.


The still ever increasing demand for sedation and/or analgesia for diagnostic and therapeutic procedures puts high pressure on anaesthesia care providers all over Europe. Since the capacity to provide that service by anaesthetists is limited in most European countries, guidelines for non-anaesthetist doctors who want to sedate patients on a high-quality level and especially in a safe way are mandatory. This paper, produced by a working party of the European Board of Anaesthesiology of the European Union of Medical Specialists (EUMS/UEMS), gives direction to those practitioners who feel responsibilities in this area of medicine. Close cooperation with anaesthesiologists seems mandatory to achieve and sustain a high-quality standard for our patients undergoing medical or surgical procedures under sedation.

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