Sedating infants

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This review will serve to identify and explain proposed theories that describe why AEs happen and how current guidelines reduce the risk in pediatric moderate sedation.

Moderate sedation is defined as a pharmacologically induced state that allows patients to tolerate painful procedures while maintaining protective reflexes (i.e., gag reflex and cough) and adequate airway control.

If your child has a sedated ABR, ask if you can stay with your child during the test.

You might need to stay in the waiting room during the test.

One thousand and twenty events have been recorded (3.4%) since the launching of the PSRC, which is .336 of these events (33%) required some type of intervention, but only two (.2%) were considered serious (zero death, one cardiac arrest, one aspiration).

According to the PSRC, one in 1,500 sedations will result in an event requiring unplanned admission.

Fortunately, the child eventually recovered without any on-going ill-effects.However, paradoxical stimulation ranging from excitation through to tremors, hallucinations and convulsions may occur.Excessive doses in children have led to respiratory depression, coma and death.An ABR test usually takes 1–2 hours, but the appointment may last about 3 hours.If a sleeping baby wakes up during the test, the test will take longer because the baby will need to fall back asleep again to finish the test.

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