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American Red Cross: Adult Procedural Sedation

American Red Cross: Adult Procedural Sedation

Credit Hours: 3.75 | Adaptive Learning

Designed for non-anesthesia healthcare professionals who care for patients receiving moderate sedation, this course will provide competency-based education.  This course is based on the most current evidence-based practices and incorporating patient safety and regulatory standards prior to, during, and after moderate sedation administration. From pre-sedation preparation to sedation management and post-procedural care, participants will gain a deep understanding of every critical aspect involved in the process.

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    Course Objectives

    After completion of this course, the participant should be able to:

    • Identify indications for pediatric procedural sedation, as well as its adjuncts and alternatives.
    • Describe the pharmacokinetic properties of sedatives, analgesics, and reversal agents used in pediatric procedural sedation.
    • Summarize the key components of the sedation assessment and documentation prior to, during, and after pediatric sedation.
    • Integrate the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Physical Status classification system with the assessment of the pediatric patient prior to procedural sedation.
    • Distinguish how the level of pediatric sedation will determine the role of individuals within the healthcare team.
    • Interpret how the continuum of depth of sedation relates to the need for rescue interventions in the pediatric patient.
    • Relate the anatomic and physiologic differences of infants and small children to the risk for airway and ventilatory adverse events during procedural sedation.
    • Apply the Responsiveness, Airway, Breathing, Circulation (RABC) approach in pediatric patients to identify adverse events such as apnea and hypoventilation.
    • Choose the discharge criteria required for post-procedural pediatric sedation based on evidence-based practices.
    • Explain the handoff process, including its significance to improve communication within the healthcare team


    CME (Physicians): American Red Cross Training Services designates this enduring material for a maximum of 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.