Background: Non-intubated children frequently undergo emergent procedures in the trauma-bay. This study evaluates whether patients treated with procedural sedation have an increased risk for severe adverse events. Methods: Retrospective analysis of 1182 children with an injury severity score (ISS) of greater than 15. Results: Of the 565 patients who were spontaneously breathing on arrival, 455 were hemodynamically stable with a Glasgow Coma Score of 15, 201 of whom were treated with sedation; 144 (71.6%) had computerized tomography scan, 35 (17.5%) wound debridement, and 22 (10.9%) fracture reduction. Sedation patients had an ISS of 20 (interquartile range 17–25). There were no death cases, no cases of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and no cases of neurologic sequelae on hospital discharge. There were 2 (1%) cases of unanticipated endotracheal intubation. Conclusions: Non-intubated patients who were hemodynamically stable with a Glasgow Coma Score of 15 had a low risk for severe adverse events due to sedation.
- Injury severity
- Pediatric trauma