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Revista Colombiana de Gastroenterologia

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LOPIERRE T, Enrique R. Should the Gastroenterologist or the Anesthesiologist administer deep sedation for endoscopy?: An Anesthesiologist’s point of view. Rev Col Gastroenterol [online]. 2011, vol.26, n.2, pp.117-119. ISSN 0120-9957.

Deep sedation for gastrointestinal endoscopy is a desirable strategy for enhancing patients´ tolerance to procedures and for making those procedures easier to perform by endoscopists. Sedation for endoscopy administered by medical and paramedical personnel who have no training in anesthesiology, advanced resuscitation and vital support techniques has been widely debated. It is the object of studies and consensus. In general, the relative risk figures are low, but the absolute numbers might be judged high if we take into account the great number of procedures that take place on a daily basis throughout the world. The main focus of this discussion should be on the patient’s safety. In this regard there are many solid arguments for stating that the anesthesiologist should administer deep sedation in endoscopy.

Keywords : Deep sedation; propofol; endoscopy.

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