Sedation . Exclusions from the policy. Patients receiving a single oral medication in standard outpatient dose Patients undergoing minimal sedation. Defined by policy as “one drug, one route, one dose, one time”
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A drug induced depression of consciousness during which patients respond purposefully to verbal commands, either alone or accompanied by light tactile stimulation. No interventions are required to maintain a patent airway, and spontaneous ventilation is adequate.
A nurse monitoring the patient can perform brief interruptible tasks to assist the physician.
A drug induced depression of consciousness during which patients cannot be easily aroused but respond purposefully after repeated or painful stimulation. The ability to maintain ventilatory function may be impaired.
The nurse monitoring the patient may not perform tasks other than those related to the administration of sedation.