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LOCAL ANAESTHESIA: Sedation

  • Patients undergoing surgery under conduction anesthesia often need some sedation to reduce anxiety or to help them to lie still.
  • This is best achieved by oral premedication – drugs taken orally are safer and less expensive
  • Never give sedation to cover inadequate nerve block
  • Do not let sedation drift into unconsciousness with uncontrolled airway; a sedated patient should still be able to talk to you
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