The NSW Safe Sedation Project

Joanna R Sutherland, Ellen Rawstron and Christopher Ball
Med J Aust 2014; 201 (9): . || doi: 10.5694/mja14.00859
Published online: 3 November 2014

To the Editor: About 300 000 episodes of procedural sedation occur annually in New South Wales public hospitals. Much of this sedation is supervised by non-anaesthetists.

  • Joanna R Sutherland1
  • Ellen Rawstron2
  • Christopher Ball2

  • 1 Coffs Harbour Health Campus, Coffs Harbour, NSW.
  • 2 NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation, Sydney, NSW.


We thank the clinicians and managers from numerous hospitals and departments for their assistance and expertise, and the members of the minimum standards working group, whose concern for patient safety was demonstrated by their support for the project.

Competing interests:

Joanna Sutherland was a member of a working group that recently revised PS09.


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