Safe sedation

The resources on this page support the safe provision of non-anaesthetist administered sedation.

Minimum standards for safe procedural sedation

Published: June 2015. Next review: 2024.

Non-critical care clinicians can use this toolkit in non-operating theatre settings.

Implementing the minimum standards supports hospitals and local health districts to meet the requirements for level 3 procedures (with procedural sedation) outlined in the NSW Health Clinical procedure safety policy. The Clinical Excellence Commission’s Clinical procedure safety webpage has checklists and case studies to support the policy.

Download the standards (PDF 1.4 MB)

Implementation tools

Self-assessment tool

Published: May 2014. Next review: 2024.

Assess the quality of your sedation service in procedural units or departments against the minimum standards. Use the suggested actions to make improvements.

Download the self assessment tool (XLSX 72.8 KB)

Observational audit tool

Published: August 2014. Next review: 2024.

Assess your practice during individual episodes of sedation care in procedural units or departments.

Download the observational audit tool (XLSX 20.1 KB)

Implementation toolkit

Published: June 2014. Next review: 2024.

Implement the minimum standards to the statewide levels. The tools include:

Download the implementation toolkit (PDF 677.0 KB)

Procedural sedation infographic

Published: March 2015. Next review: 2024.

Communicate the purpose and case for change with your stakeholders.

Download the procedural sedation infographic (PDF 1.6 MB)

Policies and protocols

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