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J Clin Anesth. 1994 Jul-Aug;6(4):265-76.

Guidelines for sedation by nonanesthesiologists during diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. The Risk Management Committee of the Department of Anaesthesia of Harvard Medical School.

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Department of Anaesthesia, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.


The increasing use of sedation to enhance patient comfort during diagnostic and therapeutic procedures has been noted by the Joint Commission of Accredited Healthcare Organizations, specialty societies, and the public. Although anesthesiologists, by virtue of training and experience, possess unique qualifications to provide such sedation services, their availability remains somewhat limited by primary commitments to the operating room, intensive care unit, or pain service. The Risk Management Committee of the Department of Anaesthesia of Harvard Medical School has made specific recommendations to the Harvard-affiliated hospitals for anesthesiologists who participate in institutional-level committees in setting guidelines for such services when they are provided by nonanesthesiologists. Specific consideration is given to facilities, backup emergency services, equipment, education and training, issues of informed consent, documentation, and release of patients from medical care. These recommendations emphasize the collaboration of the department of anesthesia and other departments that provide sedation services in formulating policies and procedures that reflect values intrinsic to the practice of anesthesiology.

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