SEDASYS®, Airway, Oxygenation, and Ventilation: Anticipating and Managing the Challenges


In May 2013, the FDA (Federal Drug Administration) approved SEDASYS®, a device that enables non-anesthesia physicians to provide mild-to-moderate sedation to patients undergoing colonoscopy and esophagogastroduodenoscopy. SEDASYS® is the first among the devices being built to provide computer-assisted personalized sedation. Although the intention of this approval is to cut the anesthesia related expenses, it is likely to create new challenges to the users—both clinical and administrative—that might even increase the cost. Deep sedation is required frequently for a successful completion of the procedure, which poses unforeseen challenges. The present review aims to provide clear information to the users regarding pre-procedure assessment, possible sedation related complications and management options.

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Goudra, B.G., Singh, P.M. & Chandrasekhara, V. SEDASYS®, Airway, Oxygenation, and Ventilation: Anticipating and Managing the Challenges. Dig Dis Sci 59, 920–927 (2014).

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  • Sedation
  • Colonoscopy
  • Esophagogastroduodenoscopy