Moderate Sedation and Analgesia for the Non-anesthesiologist

Physicians using moderate sedation should be able to allay the patient's fear and anxiety when using analgesia. Moderate sedation involves managing the care of patients receiving sedative or analgesic medications. Course participants will be better able to assess patients for conscious sedation and review the pharmacology and administration of commonly used sedatives. Proper airway management and assessing potential respiratory complications are critical care elements of conscious sedation. This course meets Baptist Health Medical Staff re-credentialing requirements.

Target Audience

All physicians who administer moderate sedation for surgical and endoscopic procedures.

Learning Objectives

  • Define moderate sedation and analgesia.
  • Describe patient assessment and selection.
  • Review patient monitoring.
  • Discuss pharmacology of conscious sedation.
  • Identify necessary rescue equipment and medications. 
  • Identify potential complications and the treatment. 
  • Explain patient recovery and discharge criteria. 
  • Summarize documentation requirements. 
Additional information

Practice Guidelines for Sedation and Analgesia by Non-Anesthesiologists. Anesthesiology 2002;96(4):1004-1017.

Course Summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 General certificate of attendance
  • 1.00 Nurse Practitioners
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Jeremy Farkas, M.D. 
Baptist, Mariners, South Miami and West Kendall Baptist Hospitals

Alfredo Fernandez, M.D. 
Baptist Hospital of Miami

Jeremy Farkas, M.D., and Alfredo Fernandez, M.D., have indicated that neither they nor their spouses/partners have relevant financial relationships with commercial interest companies, and they will not include off-label or unapproved product usage in their presentations or discussions. 

Non-faculty contributors and others involved in the planning, development and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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Baptist Health South Florida is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Baptist Health has been re-surveyed by the ACCME and awarded Commendation for 6 years as a provider of CME for physicians.
Baptist Health South Florida designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 General certificate of attendance
  • 1.00 Nurse Practitioners
Please login or register for a Baptist Health CME account to take this course.

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