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Sedation complications 'more likely at night'

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Complications are more likely to occur in sedated accident and emergency patients at night or in those more deeply sedated, according to Stirling Royal Infirmary researchers.

They investigated complications in procedural sedation and analgesia over a two-year period. Complications occurred in 49 out of 1,402 sedated patients.

The authors said: “Deeper levels of sedation and the procedure occurring overnight were identified as risk factors for complications.”

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