This is accomplished along a continuum of sedation levels: Prior to the administration of medications, clinicians must know the level of sedation required for a given procedure and the appropriate dose of the pharmacologic agent or agents chosen.
This determines the equipment that one should have readily available prior to starting the procedure.
Inhalation sedation is also sometimes referred to as relative analgesia.
Sedation is also used extensively in the intensive care unit so that patients who are being ventilated tolerate having an endotracheal tube in their trachea.
Nonetheless, clinicians may underuse sedation, usually from a lack of experience or from unchallenged myths regarding its use.
Sedation is the depression of a patient's awareness to the environment and reduction of his or her responsiveness to external stimulation.
In 2005, the Food and Drug Administration ordered that the newer drugs carry a “black box” label warning of an increased risk of death. Ambre Morley, a spokeswoman for Janssen, the division of Johnson & Johnson that manufactures Risperdal, would not comment on the suits, but said: “As with any medication, the prescribing of a medication is up to a physician. “These antipsychotics can be overused and abused,” said Dr.