These Standards and Guidance replace those published in 2001. Since then, sedation and clinical procedures have evolved whilst the population of patients for sedation has aged and become frailer with more co-morbidities. Individual specialties have developed guidance on sedation and there has been improvement in training and practice.

This report defines Fundamental Standards and Development Standards in safe sedation practice and recommends competency-based formal training for all healthcare professionals involved in sedation.

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