A detailed past history, especially prior experiences with sedatives and other anesthetics is an important part of preparatory assessment.
It is important to determine if there were any untoward side effects associated with a previous medication.
Recovery room monitoring primarily focuses on heart stability, respiratory adequacy and return to previous brain functioning.
The original forms of diazepam (Valium, a very common sedative) caused irritation of veins and phlebitis.
Preexisting medical conditions such as high blood pressure and heart and lung disease may increase the chance of developing undesirable side effects.
Normal or uncomplicated results for sedation include alleviation of anxiety and discomfort.
Patient positioning is important to prevent blood pressure changes or nerve damage associated with abnormal position.
Unconscious sedation is a controlled state of anesthesia, characterized by partial or complete loss of protective nerve reflexes, including the ability to independently breathe and respond to commands.Clinical situations for unconscious sedation typically involve eating and drinking protocols starting the day before the procedure.The age and physical status of the patient is useful in determining sensitivity.An extensive survey of death in 100,000 cases published in 1988 revealed that death within seven days was 2.9 times greater when one or two anesthetic drugs were used than when using three or more medications.As of 2000 this study is accepted as standard practice and multiple IV anesthetics is the preferable recommendation for optimal patient care.