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Pharmacologic agents for pediatric procedural sedation outside of the operating room

Deborah C Hsu, MD, MEd
Joseph P Cravero, MD
Section Editors
Anne M Stack, MD
Adrienne G Randolph, MD, MSc
Deputy Editor
James F Wiley, II, MD, MPH


A wide range of short-acting sedative-hypnotic and analgesic medications are available for pediatric procedural sedation [1-3]. Many of these agents have multiple routes of administration. The choice of drug is based upon the type of procedure and the patient's underlying medical condition. Procedures that are not painful but require the child to remain still can usually be performed with sedation alone. Children undergoing painful procedures require analgesia as well as sedation.

This topic will discuss the properties of agents commonly used for procedural sedation in children outside of the operating room.

Assessment, preparation, and proper performance of procedural sedation outside of the operating room, including selection of medications for pediatric procedural sedation, and sedation in adults are discussed separately:

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