Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

Procedural Sedation and Analgesia


This is a blended learning educational session for any doctor involved in performing procedural sedation.

This course will provide participants with the ability to provide safe and effective procedural sedation to appropriate patients in the ED. Practical component to the course focuses on monitoring, safety standards, drugs and pharmacology, and rescue techniques in a simulated setting will be demonstrated. All participants are required to complete a three-hour online component prior to attending the course. A practical moulage will be available at the end of the session for all candidates.

Upcoming course dates

  • Tuesday, 27 February 2018 (9.30am - 5pm) 
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Learning objectives

  • Set up a procedural sedation area appropriately
  • Understand the properties of the common drugs used and select the most appropriate medications (e.g. Midazolam, Propofol, Ketamine, Morphine, Entonox etc.). After the course, participants will be able to choose the most appropriate drugs for the particular clinical scenario and their own level of expertise
  • Anticipate and manage any adverse events related to the sedation procedure
  • Assemble a safe sedation record
  • Understand and demonstrate the use of local anaesthetic agents in sedation, including common nerve block techniques
  • List the criteria for the safe discharge of patients and appropriate advice on discharge
Who is this course suitable for? SHOs and registrars involved in procedural sedation in emergency medicine, trauma and orthopaedics, general surgery, medical and surgical endoscopy
Fee Free for eligible NCHDs on the CPDSS programme or €300 for others.
Faculty Dr Darragh Shields
CPD points 6.5
Location RCSI, 5th floor, No. 26 York Street, Dublin 2, Ireland.
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Student testimonials

  • Confidence in use of different agents"
  • Very practical and would improve clinical performance"