Patient’s Condition under Conscious Sedation
Describe a patient’s condition under conscious sedation. Relate your experiences with sedated patients
Different people/patients behave differently under conscioussedation. However, the standard condition of a consciously sedatedpatient primarily features a depressed level of consciousness(Blackburn, & Vissers, 2000). Although the patient is put in adepressed level of consciousness, he or she retains the ability tocontinuously and independently maintain the ability to breathe andrespond to verbal commands and physical stimulations appropriately.The moods of a patient under conscious sedation are altered in orderto ease the patient’s anxiety (Blackburn, & Vissers, 2000).This gets them to relax thereby eliminating the fear of the plannedprocedure. The patients also maintain their consciousness allowingthem to respond to simple commands and have most of their protectivereflexes intact (Blackburn, & Vissers, 2000). If administeredproperly, conscious sedation should render a patient awake enough toshow a considerable level of cooperation throughout the procedure.Lastly, upon successful completion of the procedure for whichconscious sedation is administered, the patient should be capable ofreturning to the manner of ambulation in which they were before theprocedure. This return to ambulation is mostly rapid and safe(Wilson, McNeil, Kyle, Weaver, & Graves, 2014).
Most experiences I have had with consciously sedated patients abidedby the standards above. However, some showed different effects, whichshould be expected in any procedure involving conscious sedation.This includes some degree of amnesia. Usually, the degree of amnesiadepends on the dose administered as some medications may providepowerful effects bent to amnesia (Wilson et al., 2014). Most often,the patients who reported some degree of amnesia were not unconsciousduring the procedures. In other cases, patients experienced loss ofprotective reflexes and had to be closely monitored to ensure theirreturn to ambulation after the procedure was, at least, safe.
Blackburn, P., & Vissers, R. (2000). Pharmacology of emergencydepartment pain management and conscious sedation. Emergencymedicine clinics of North America, 18(4), 803-827.
Wilson, T. D., McNeil, D. W., Kyle, B. N., Weaver, B. D., &Graves, R. W. (2014). Effects of conscious sedation on patient recallof anxiety and pain after oral surgery. Oral surgery, oralmedicine, oral pathology, and oral radiology, 117(3), 277-282.