2021 Curriculum learning syllabus: stage 1

Published: 04/02/2021

Procedural Sedation

Stage learning outcome

  • Provides safe procedural sedation to ASA 1 to 3 adult patients within the theatre complex


Key capabilities A to G


Conducts appropriate pre-assessment of patients with respect to sedation, understands patient related risk factors, and plans accordingly


Chooses safe, appropriate sedative drugs to deliver conscious sedation


Describes the particular dangers associated with the use of single or combinations of sedative drugs, particularly in the frail, elderly or critically ill patient and those requiring transfer


Monitors a sedated patient’s physiology appropriately


Ensures the provision of safe post-procedural care

F Explains the different levels of sedation and appreciates the risks associated with these
G Recognises and manages the complications of sedation

Examples of evidence

  • SLEs throughout stage of training across range of surgical specialties.

Suggested supervision level

  • 2a - Supervisor in theatre suite, available to guide aspects of activity through monitoring at regular intervals

Cross links with other domains and capabilities

  • Regional Anaesthesia
  • Resuscitation and Transfer
  • Intensive Care