Society of Family Planning clinical recommendations: Pain control in surgical abortion part 2 – Moderate sedation, deep sedation, and general anesthesia

Catherine Cansino, Colleen Denny, A. Sue Carlisle, Phillip Stubblefield

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Abstract

Analgesic options for surgical abortion (also called procedural abortion) beyond local anesthesia and minimal sedation include moderate sedation, deep sedation and general anesthesia. These clinical recommendations review the effectiveness of various moderate sedation, deep sedation, and general anesthesia regimens for pain control during abortion; medication regimens used to induce analgesia and anesthesia; patient factors affecting anesthesia safety; preoperative and intraoperative protocols to reduce anesthesia risks; personnel qualifications for administration; recommended patient monitoring protocols; and general risks of anesthesia in the context of abortion care. The scope of these recommendations is based on limited available evidence and considerably relies on existing professional society guidelines and recommendations developed by content experts and reviewers. Further research to compare the efficacy and safety of different regimens is needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalContraception
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • Deep sedation
  • General anesthesia
  • Moderate sedation
  • Pain relief for surgical abortion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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