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Sedate with caution
  1. J M Lutz,
  2. W F de Mello
  1. Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 J M Lutz
 Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester, UK; jmlutz{at}

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We would like to comment on the sedation practice in the emergency department as described by Duncan et al.1

We feel that there is too much reliance on oxygen saturation in patients undergoing sedation while they are receiving supplementary oxygen. This creates a false sense of security. The end-tidal carbon dioxide level …

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