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

Updated: May 08, 2018
  • Author: Wan-Tsu Wendy Chang, MD; Chief Editor: Ted Rosenkrantz, MD  more...
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Therapeutic procedures for which ED sedation may be indicated include the following:

  • Suturing

  • Wound care

  • Abscess incision and drainage

  • Fracture reduction

  • Dislocation

  • Foreign body removal

  • Burn debridement

  • Tube thoracostomy

  • Any other painful procedure

  • Multiple procedures (eg, IV line placement and urethral catheterization) [1]

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