Journal article

Australian anaesthetists' practice of sedation for gastrointestinal endoscopy in adult patients

U Padmanabhan, K Leslie

ANAESTHESIA AND INTENSIVE CARE | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2008

Abstract

A wide spectrum of practice in sedation for gastrointestinal endoscopy in adult patients is documented overseas, but a current profile of the practice of Australian anaesthetists is unavailable. We therefore surveyed 200 Fellows of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists on the choice of drugs and monitoring, use of analgesic throat spray and prophylactic intravenous fluids and the depth of sedation for gastrointestinal endoscopy. Our response rate was 57% and endoscopy formed a significant part of most respondents' practices. Propofol was used for almost all procedures, in combination with midazolam alone (14%), fentanyl alone (6%), midazolam and fentanyl (61%), another drug..

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