Instructions for completing this course

Target Audience

Health Professionals and Perioperative Nurses in ambulatory settings where patients receive moderate procedural sedation and analgesia.

Contact Hours

2.5 Contact Hours will be awarded upon successful completion of this activity.

The contact hours for this activity expire: 10/12/2024

This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses, Inc., an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

AORN recognized this activity as continuing education for registered nurses. This recognition did not imply that AORN or the ANCC Commission on Accreditation approved or endorsed any product included in the presentation.

Physicians may claim AMA PRA Category 2 CMETM credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Purpose / Goal Of This Activity:

At the completion of this course, the health professional will be able to recognize the risks to patient safety that may occur throughout the process of administering moderate sedation and analgesia to patients in ambulatory settings.


Upon completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:

    1. Describe the four levels in the continuum of sedation.
    2. State the goal of moderate sedation.
    3. Cite components of a pre-procedure patient assessment.
    4. Summarize the current standards for pre-procedure fasting.
    5. Discuss methods for assessing a patient’s level of consciousness.
    6. Describe methods of monitoring the physiological status of sedated patients.
    7. Specify rescue maneuvers for patients who progress to deep sedation.
    8. Itemize equipment that needs to be immediately available to rescue an over-sedated patient.
    9. Identify side effects of commonly used analgesics.
    10. Explain dosing considerations for sedative medications.
    11. Evaluate scenarios where the use of an antagonist may be indicated.
    12. Indicate criteria used to determine appropriateness of patient discharge.

Requirements For Successful Completion of this Program

Register for the course by clicking the button on the page entitled REGISTER FOR COURSE.

Using this Self-Directed Learning Module, you must review the objectives and read the materials. As you read through the material on the course pages, you will be occasionally prompted to answer exam questions. There is a total of 34 multiple choice questions in this course. You must achieve a grade of 80% (28 correct answers) to receive a certificate.

When you have answered the last exam question, the Course Results page will display. This page will contain your final grade and allow you to immediately print your certificate if you have scored a minimum grade of 80%. Your certificate will also be available on your Control Panel where you may print it at any time.

Course work does not need to be completed in one online session. You can log off at any point and return to the course at your convenience.

The Course Reference Page available at the completion of the course will contain many useful reference documents from notable sources pertinent to material covered in this course.

Disclosures from Authors and Program Planners

Neither the planners nor the presenters have any conflict of interest related to this program. No commercial support has been obtained for this offering. There is no discussion of a product used for a purpose other than for which it is approved by the FDA.

Registration Fee

The registration fee for this course is $29.00. Your registration fee includes two opportunities to pass the examination and permanent access to all reference material.

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