This study aimed to determine the prevalence of patient recall and its relationship between sedation depth, pain and patient satisfaction in a sample of patients receiving procedural sedation in the emergency department. Recall, pain and patient satisfaction were measured on a scale of 0–10 and sedation depth a scale of 1–4 (American Society of Anesthesiologists sedation scale). Spearman's correlation test showed sedation depth was significantly related to recall (Spearman's ρ = −0.511, p<0.05) specifically with midazolam use (ρ = −0.857, p<0.01). Increased recall was associated with higher pain scores (ρ = 0.683, p<0.001) and lower patient satisfaction (ρ = −0.785, p<0.001).
- Emergency medicine
- procedural sedation
- mental recall
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Competing interests None.
Ethics approval This study was conducted with the approval of the University of Edinburgh.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.