Patients must be monitored

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6983.872c (Published 01 April 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:872
  1. Gareth Thomas,
  2. Christine McBeth
  1. Senior registrar in gastroenterology Registrar in anaesthetics University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff CF4 4XW

    EDITOR,—M Q F Hatton and colleagues suggest that the routine use of intravenous sedation has little part to play when patients undergo a single diagnostic procedure.1 We agree that the blanket administration of intravenous sedatives to all patients undergoing endoscopic procedures is inappropriate, but we believe that these drugs have a useful role in helping a small number of patients to accept an often distressing procedure. …

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