Recommendations for moderate sedation in radiology.
  • The nurse assumes no other concurrent responsibilities during the procedure .  
  • The imaging registered nurse is allowed within the limits of state licensure, state nurse practice act, and institutional policy to administer sedation and analgesia.
  • The healthcare facility should have in place an educational/credentialing mechanism that includes a process for evaluating and documenting the nurse’s competency relating to the management of patients receiving sedation and analgesia; evaluation and documentation should occur on a periodic basis.  
  • The registered nurse managing and monitoring the care of patients receiving sedation and Association for Radiologic & Imaging Nursing  


POSITION STATEMENT on Role of the Imaging Registered Nurse in Patients Undergoing Sedated Procedures analgesia must be able to do the following:  

  • Demonstrate the acquired knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, cardiac arrhythmia recognition, and complications related to sedation and analgesia sedation and medications.
  • Assess the total patient care requirements before, during, and post administration of sedation and analgesia.  
  • Understand the principles of oxygen delivery, transport and uptake, respiratory physiology, as well as understand and use oxygen delivery devices. 
  • Recognize potential complications of sedation and analgesia sedation for each type of agent being administered. Possess the competency to assess, diagnose, and intervene in the event of complications and institute appropriate interventions in compliance with orders or institutional protocols.  
  • Demonstrate competency, through ACLS or PALS, in airway management and resuscitation appropriate to the age of the patient.
The Association for Radiologic & Imaging Nursing

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