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Procedural sedation in children 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


This topic reviews the indications, contraindications, and steps for safe performance of procedural sedation in children undergoing diagnostic or therapeutic procedures, regardless of setting.

Pre-sedation evaluation, preparation for procedural sedation, properties of specific agents used for pediatric procedural sedation, strategies for selecting medications for pediatric procedural sedation, pediatric airway management, and sedation in adults are discussed separately:

(See "Preparation for pediatric procedural sedation outside of the operating room".)

(See "Pharmacologic agents for pediatric procedural sedation outside of the operating room".)

(See "Selection of medications for pediatric procedural sedation outside of the operating room".)

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