Procedural Sedation and Analgesia


Suitable for: SHOs and registrars in all surgical specialties; emergency medicine doctors involved in procedural sedation

This is a blended learning course covering the basic principles of safe and effective procedural sedation for the non-anaesthetist. A three-hour pre-course online module is completed prior to attending the course.

This course will help you to identify the most appropriate, safe and effective strategy to ensure the management of hypotensive and tachycardic patients reporting to emergency departments, and what to do if an anaesthetist is not available.

The course is delivered as a series of interactive discussion and didactic lectures, followed by a series of short practical workshops. Our presenters include specialists in emergency medicine, prehospital medicine, critical care and anaesthesia.

Topics covered include:

  • Airway assessment and rescue plan
  • Drugs and agents used for sedation
  • Patient preparation and location
  • Documentation and post-procedure advice
  • Appropriate analgesia techniques – interactive case discussion

Practical workshops use scenarios to cover techniques for minimal, moderate and deep sedation, as well as the role of ultrasound guided nerve blocks in the emergency department.

Learning outcomes

  • Develop and practice a basic airway risk assessment strategy
  • Apply basic knowledge of sedative and analgesic pharmacology
  • Revise international guidelines for standards in procedural sedation
  • Review legal requirements and documentation relevant to sedation
  • Develop and practice analgesia techniques including nerve blocks