SafeER PSA - Procedural sedation and analgesia for Emergency Physicians

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Saturday 23 September: 09:00-17:00 




Course Director

  • Christian Heringhaus (The Netherlands)


  • Meys Cohen (The Netherlands)
  • Harald Hennig (The Netherlands)
  • Mischa Veen (The Netherlands)
  • Arjan Vos (The Netherlands)
  • Eda Okatan (The Netherlands)
  • Roy Welsing (The Netherlands)


The course is designed for 16 participants (Emergency Physicians).
Doctors who will follow the pre-course must be adequately trained in advanced life support and airway management skills.

Course description & learning objectives

Procedural sedation and analgesia (PSA) is widely administered by emergency physicians, in order to perform painful or uncomfortable procedures in the Accident and Emergency department.

PSA is significant associated with complications and must be seen as a high risk procedure. Due to the inherent risks, it is important that doctors are aware of and follow available national, international and local guidelines.

Furthermore it is crucial that adequate training should be followed to ensure the knowledge and skills to safely administer PSA and to treat possible complications.

With this course we will give the participants an overview over existing national and international guidelines, show them how to prepare the patient and the environment to perform safe PSA on the Accident and Emergency department and how to avoid and treat the most common complications related to PSA.

After an introduction with some short presentations we will mainly train with simulated patients in hands-on workshops.

Course format

See the schedule below.



08.00 – 08.30 Welcome and introduction
08.30 – 09.00 Lecture: SafeER PSA -  The course
09.00 – 09.15 Lecture: PSA a continuum
09.15 – 09.50 Lecture: PSA – a routine procedure?
09.50 – 10.05 Lecture: Risk assessment and pre-sedation screening
10.05 – 10.20 Lecture: Airway
10.20 – 10.30 Lecture: Patient characteristics and positioning
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee Break
11.00 – 11.20 Lecture: Monitoring
11.20 – 12.30 Lecture: Pharmacology
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30 – 13.50 Table Top exercise
13.50 – 14.00 Demonstration
14.00 – 15.30 Sedation workshops
15.30 – 16.00 Break
16.00 – 17.30 Sedation workshops
17.30 – 18.00 Quiz


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