These days, the use of conscious sedation is on the rise in outpatient
centers, clinics, and hospitals, but it can be a risky procedure.
Many times, it is performed without appropriate personnel,
such as an anesthesiologist or a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA); who administer the
cocktail and assess how well the patient is tolerating the drug. Personnel
on deck during the procedure (who must be Advanced Cardiac Life Support
or “ACLS” trained and certified) need to be able to immediately
reverse the drugs, rescue a deeply sedated patient, or be able to resuscitate
someone who goes into cardiac arrest.
Although conscious sedation is supposed to help patients deal with the
pain and/or anxiety of certain tests, this “twilight sleep”
has the potential to do more harm than good. In fact, the drugs that induce
this kind of “sleep” are often more potent.
If you have questions about conscious sedation, attorney
Chris Mellino welcomes you to
contact our Cleveland office for a free consultation.