ACC Council Perspective Looks at Best Practices in Cardiology-Oriented Sedation

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Safe, streamlined guidance on procedural sedation in urgent or unscheduled cases may be helpful for cardiologists, according to a perspective from ACC's Electrophysiology, Interventional and Imaging Section Leadership Councils, published Sept. 9 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

John D. Fisher, MD, FACC, et al., compare the 2018 American Society of Anesthesiologists guidelines for sedation and the 2019 American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) guidelines for sedation.

While many of the recommendations made within the new ACEP guidelines are appropriate for cardiology, the authors note that there remain fundamental differences between trauma and other emergencies encountered in the emergency department and urgent cardiac procedures. Read more.