Abstract

Health care professionals have a duty to advocate for the children in their care. Children are in delicate stages of their development and cannot be expected to act like little adults. A child may find it difficult to endure a painful procedure. Sedation should be contemplated for any procedure that would impose pain or anxiety on a child. The non-anesthesiologist can safely and effectively administer sedation to a child for diagnostic and therapeutic procedures when institutional policy and procedures are followed.

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