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Nursing considerations for procedural sedation and analgesia: Part 2

By: Michael Kost, DNP, CRNA, CHSE

This second in a two-part series reviews sedation implementation and monitoring.


  • Signs and symptoms of airway obstruction during procedural sedation include increased respiratory effort, sternal retraction, rocking chest motion, inspiratory stridor, hypoxemia, hypercarbia, and absence of breath sounds. 
  • Use of a sedation airway management algorithm can aid in immediate recognition of airway obstruction and management. 
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