Deep sedation Policy Term Definition

A drug-induced depression of consciousness during which a patient cannot be easily aroused but responds purposefully following repeated or painful stimulation. The ability to independently maintain ventilatory function may be impaired. A patient may require assistance with maintaining a patent airway and spontaneous ventilation may be inadequate. Cardiovascular function is usually maintained. A non-anesthesiologist must be privileged to administer deep sedation by the Department of Anesthesiology.