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Medical News and Perspectives
January 10, 2007

Precautions, Skills Key for Child Sedation

JAMA. 2007;297(2):145. doi:10.1001/jama.297.2.145

New guidelines for pediatric sedation are calling for practitioners to have greater levels of skill and to be prepared to provide emergency care if a child has an adverse reaction.

The guidelines were issued jointly by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry in December after more than 3 years of development. They update and unify previous guidelines established by the 2 organizations independently and emphasize uniform standards for the growing number of practitioners who are sedating pediatric patients for procedures outside of the hospital. During the past decade it has become more common for pediatric sedation to be used in such varied settings as dental offices, physicians offices, imaging facilities, and ambulatory surgery centers, according to the guidelines.

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