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The Safe and Effective Use of Procedural Sedation:

This sedation course is an Internet-based application that delivers to non-anesthesia healthcare providers a video-based education and training on safe sedation practices. The program provides practitioners with education required for safe moderate sedation drug delivery based upon standardized operational guidelines. It will also provide a thorough review of the drugs used, their advantages and disadvantages, and the safe administration of these agents. The training program is designed for practitioners to become properly trained, qualified and approved to administer sedation in their facilities.


PRINCIPAL FACULTY AND CONTRIBUTORS:

CME Course Director:
John Di Capua, MD
Senior Vice President of Anesthesiology
North Shore-LIJ Health System

Contributors:

Peter Walker, MD
Chairman Emeritus, Anesthesia Services,
North Shore-LIJ Health System

Yosef D. Dlugacz, PhD
Senior Vice President and Chief of Clinical Quality, Education and Research
Krasnoff Quality Management Institute
North Shore-LIJ Health System

Sean Benjamin O’Dea
Distance Learning Consultant & Multimedia Creator
The PLUS Company/Krasnoff Quality Management Institute

TARGET AUDIENCE:

This activity has been developed for non-anesthesia healthcare providers- Physicians, Registered Nurses, Physician Assistants (Practitioners) who administer and monitor patient sedation in locations outside of the Operating Room (e.g., Cath Lab, GI Lab, Radiology, out-patient ambulatory locations/practices)


EDUCATIONAL GOAL:

The goal is to foster proficiency and confidence through continuing education and training. Participants will learn to maintain and enhance their administration skills, techniques and knowledge to provide safe sedation. Successful completion of the sedation course (80% on examination) will serve as a necessary credential for performing moderate sedation in areas outside of the Operating Room and will be a necessary requirement for those physicians requesting this privilege on appointment or reappointment. In order to successfully pass the course, the individual must demonstrate proficiency in the defined areas. Therefore, this equivalency training can enhance successful outcomes.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

After participating in this activity, participants should be able to:
  1. Identify the anatomic, physiologic and pathophysiologic considerations associated with the moderate sedation to ensure safe patient care.
  2. Recognize and effectively manage patients experiencing respiratory insufficiency, airway obstruction and/or hemodynamic changes to reduce untoward patient reactions.
  3. Recall the appropriate; patient selection, monitoring equipment, personnel that must be present in an area in which a patient is sedated, and the required documentation for record keeping.
  4. Recognize the uses and side effects of commonly used sedatives, anxiolytics and other medications when administered alone and in combination for moderate sedation.
  5. Participate in data gathering and performance improvement initiatives.