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How will I be monitored during sedation analgesia (conscious sedation)?

As with any type of anesthesia, you will be monitored when receiving sedation analgesia (conscious sedation) -- a semi-conscious state that allows patients to be comfortable during certain surgical or medical procedures. These monitors are very important to ensure your safety. They are used to monitor your heart rate and rhythm, blood pressure and the oxygen levels of your blood. During moderate and deep sedation, someone will be solely responsible for monitoring your vital signs and controlling your level of consciousness.

During conscious sedation your vital signs will be monitored closely and frequently. These vital signs include blood pressure, respirations, heart rate, and oxygen saturation. You will also be hooked up to a heart monitor so your heart rhythm can be watched.

A nurse or physician will also do frequent assessments to make sure you are not oversedated or undersedated.

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