Monitoring during endoscopyBMJ 1995; 311 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7002.452 (Published 12 August 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:452
- Ian R Appadurai,
- Raymond J Delicta,
- P Declan Carey
- Lecturer in anaesthetics Research fellow in surgery Senior lecturer in surgery University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff CF4 4XN
Attention to sedation techniques may reduce mortality
EDITOR,--J E Charlton draws attention to the estimated overall death rate of 1 in 2000 from upper gastrointestinal endoscopy, which is usually performed under sedation or local anaesthesia, or both.1 When compared with the overall mortality solely attributable to anaesthesia, which is 1 in 185000,2 this mortality seems unacceptably high.
Recommendations for standards of sedation and for monitoring patients during gastrointestinal endoscopy were published by the British Society of Gastroenterology in 1991,3 …
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