What are the discharge criteria following pediatric sedation?

Updated: May 08, 2018
  • Author: Wan-Tsu Wendy Chang, MD; Chief Editor: Ted Rosenkrantz, MD  more...
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In general, discharge criteria should include the following:

  • The child’s vital signs should be within 15% of admission readings (either above or below)

  • The child should be ambulatory as appropriate for his or her age, without assistance

  • The child should be able to ingest and retain oral fluids

Some agents are associated with specific aftercare needs. For example, ketamine may cause ataxia for 12-24 hours, and the child’s activities should be restricted during this period to prevent further injury.

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