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Moderate Sedation / Analgesia (Conscious Sedation)

Sedation and anesthesia are important risk factors for morbidity and mortality during procedures. Administering sedation safely is critical to help prevent negative outcomes and comply with regulations.

The purpose of this course is to educate nurses about how moderate sedation relates to other types of anesthetic services, and how this relates to patient safety. In addition, discussion will cover important information about the administration of moderate sedation, as well as processes before and after and how The Joint Commission expects accredited facilities to manage patients receiving moderate sedation.

Courseware Learning Objectives

After completing this course, the participant should be able to:

  • List the levels on the continuum of sedation in typical patient care scenarios.
  • Identify key features of each level on the continuum of sedation as they relate to a typical patient sedation.
  • Distinguish the significance of the continuum for sedation safety as it relates to patient care.
  • List The Joint Commission standards for moderate sedation that will help ensure patient safety.
  • Identify key requirements of each of The Joint Commission's standards for moderate sedation.