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Int J Crit Illn Inj Sci. 2012 Sep;2(3):156-62. doi: 10.4103/2229-5151.100897.

Sedation and analgesia for the pediatric trauma patients.

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Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, University of Washington/Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA, USA.


The number of children requiring sedation and analgesia for diagnostic and therapeutic procedures has increased substantially in the last decade. Both anesthesiologist and non-anesthesiologists are involved in varying settings outside the operating room to provide safe and effective sedation and analgesia. Procedural sedation has become standard of care and its primary aim is managing acute anxiety, pain, and control of movement during painful or unpleasant procedures. There is enough evidence to suggest that poorly controlled acute pain causes suffering, worse outcome, as well as debilitating chronic pain syndromes that are often refractory to available treatment options. This article will provide strategies to provide safe and effective sedation and analgesia for pediatric trauma patients.


Pediatric; adverse events; airway; sedation; trauma

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