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NICE issues draft guidance on sedating children

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Draft guidance on sedation for children and young people who are undergoing diagnostic tests or therapeutic treatment, has been published by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.

It is estimated that more than 2 million children and young people are taken to emergency departments each year following accidental injury, many of whom will undergo procedures that require sedation. The guidance will also be relevant for dentists who need to sedate anxious young patients.

Comments on the guidance, which covers various sedatives, such as ketamine, nitrous oxide and midazolam, and their use in infants, children and young people, must be submitted to NICE by 12 July, and final recommendations will be published later in the year.

To read a pdf on the draft guidance, click here.

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