Intravenous sedation is inappropriate in most minor procedures

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6983.872b (Published 01 April 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:872
  1. Fraser W H Sutherland
  1. Senior house officer III Department of Cardiac Surgery, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Glasgow G4 0SF

    EDITOR,—M Q F Hatton and colleagues' suggestion that intravenous sedation has little part to play in fibreoptic bronchoscopy has far reaching implications in all the surgical specialties.1 I believe that intravenous sedation has little if any role in most minor procedures.

    Many such procedures are carried out under sedation by junior medical staff, who often draw on their experience in casualty departments. The …

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