Objective Procedural sedation and analgesia (PSA) in children has become a standard tool in emergency settings, but no national PSA guidelines have been developed for the emergency department (ED) in Korea. Therefore, we investigated the practice of PSA and the level of adherence to institutional PSA guidelines in EDs of teaching hospitals.
Methods This study was a cross-sectional, web-based survey. The study subjects were the faculty of EDs from 96 teaching hospitals. The questionnaire was posted on an internet site, and the participants were requested that the questionnaire be answered by email and telephone in May 2009.
Results The questionnaires were completed by 67.7% of the participants. Only 20% of EDs had institutional PSA guidelines, 21.5% of those had discharge criteria and 13.8% of EDs had a discharge instruction form. Residents were administered PSA at 76.9% of EDs. The airway rescue equipment was near the area where PSA was performed in 76.9% of EDs. The most commonly used medication for both diagnostic imaging and painful procedure was oral chloral hydrate (87.7%, 61.5%). In 64.6% of EDs, patients were monitored. In only 21 cases, EDs (50.0%) monitored the patients to recovery after PSA or discharge.
Conclusions Current PSA for paediatric patients have not been appropriately applied in Korea. Unified PSA guidelines were rare in the hospitals surveyed, and many patients were not monitored over an appropriate duration, nor did they receive adequate medications for sedation by the best trained personnel. Therefore, the national PSA guidelines must be developed and implemented as early as possible.
- Conscious sedation
- intensive care
- emergency departments
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Competing interests None.
Ethics approval Ethics approval was provided by the research ethics board of Seoul National University Bundang Hospital.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.