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Chapter 8 - Anesthesia Techniques: Mild, Moderate, and Deep Sedation in Clinical Practice

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  24 May 2023

Alan David Kaye
Louisiana State University School of Medicine
Richard D. Urman
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston
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Selection of the anesthetic technique to be employed during a procedure begins during the preoperative evaluation with consideration of factors such as the patient’s comorbidities and preferences and the type of procedure to be performed. Oftentimes, general anesthesia is not necessary and the procedure can be performed under a lesser depth of sedation. Procedural sedation is a technique that allows the patient to tolerate the discomfort of a procedure while still maintaining cardiorespiratory function. In order to accomplish this, the anesthesia provider administers sedative, dissociative, and/or analgesic agents alone or in combination [1].

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