Which emergency department (ED) diagnostic procedures require pediatric sedation?

Updated: May 08, 2018
  • Author: Wan-Tsu Wendy Chang, MD; Chief Editor: Ted Rosenkrantz, MD  more...
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The function of sedation is management of anxiety, pain, and control of excessive motion. Diagnostic procedures for which emergency department (ED) sedation may be indicated include the following:

  • Lumbar puncture

  • Arthrocentesis

  • Bone marrow biopsy

  • Sexual assault examination

  • Radiologic evaluation (CT, MRI)

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