Pharmacologic behaviour management – Anxiolysis, sedation, general anesthesia - is a continuum. It is not always possible to predict how an individual patient will respond to a drug. Members planning to produce a given level of sedation should be able to diagnose and manage the physiologic consequences (rescue) for patients whose level of sedation becomes deeper than initially intended. For all levels of sedation, the practitioner must have the training, skills, drugs and equipment to identify and manage such an occurrence until either assistance arrives (emergency medical service) or the patient returns to the intended level of sedation without airway or cardiovascular complications.
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