Moderate Sedation

Understand the Role of the Perioperative Nurse in Administering Moderate Sedation/Analgesia

Moderate sedation/analgesia is a drug-induced, mild depression of consciousness achieved by the administration of sedatives or the combination of sedatives and analgesic medications. The desired effect is a level of sedation with or without analgesia whereby the patient is able to tolerate diagnostic, therapeutic, and invasive procedures through relief of anxiety and pain. The perioperative nurse trained in the administration of moderate sedation/analgesia must thoroughly understand their scope of practice and patient care through the operative phases.

Purpose

After completing this module, perioperative nurses will understand their role in administering moderate sedation/analgesia.

Objectives 

  • Understand the scope of practice of the perioperative nurse administering moderate sedation/analgesia.
  • Identify the perioperative nurse's role in preoperative patient selection and assessment.
  • Identify the perioperative nurse's role in the intraoperative care of the patient receiving moderate sedation/analgesia.
  • Identify the perioperative nurse's role in the postoperative care of the patient receiving moderate sedation/analgesia.
  • Define clinical aspects of moderate sedation.
  • Identify policy issues surrounding moderate sedation/analgesia.

Course Requirements

To receive 1.8 contact hours for this module, you must achieve mastery of the content and submit an evaluation as instructed at the end of the course. This module contains 55 questions.

Contact Hours

The 1.8 contact hours for this course will expire June 30, 2016.

Accreditation, Disclaimer and Copyright

AEU

This program is approved for 1.8 hours of AEU credit by BASC provider #0102.

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