FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is there any medico-legal risk to performing in room sedation?

We have contacted MPS to check that in room procedural sedation is covered. Provided you have the necessary qualifications, as listed above, and all the necessary emergency equipment, which we provide, you will be covered.

Is a general anaesthetic not safer than sedation?

No. Provided you select patients who are amenable to sedation based on both their relevant medical history and the procedure to be performed, there is good evidence that there are fewer side effects associated with sedation.

How are patients prepared for sedation?

All patients complete a medical history questionnaire so that we can adequately prepare them for sedation or suggest a viable alternative. We also provide a pre and post op sedation instruction sheet for them to read which includes all the necessary instructions for preparation for the procedure. All this documentation can be viewed on the site under the patient section.

Do I need to bring any of my own equipment?

Only what you would bring to any hospital for a list, so usually a stethoscope. Everything else will be provided.

Do you have a payment arrangement?

We have a fixed fee for the hire of our equipment. We have negotiated an anaesthetic fee, per half hour or part thereof, with the surgeons we have already provided this service for. We quote based on time expected before the procedure so that the patient and surgeon are aware of the costs involved. We collect the entire fee and do a payment run to all anaesthetists at the end of the month.

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What qualifications do I need to work with Sound Asleep Sedation Services?

You will need a minimum of a post grad medical qualification in anaesthesia such as a diploma in anaesthesia, an MMed in anaesthesia or college certification. We do not accept general practitioners with no anaesthetic qualification.

To what extent do you provide emergency equipment?

You will have the capability to run a full medical resuscitation based on SASA guidelines for safety and a few extra items we thought may prove useful. As you would think about it in a resuscitation scenario:

Airway
  • Bag, valve, mask with reservoir and selection of masks
  • A selection of Guedel airways
  • Malleable introducer
  • Scoline
  • Laryngoscope with a selection of blades
  • Selection of endotracheal tubes
  • Selection of laryngeal mask airways for difficult intubation
  • Cricothyroidotomy set
  • Portable suction
  • Anexate for reversal of dormicum

Breathing
  • BVM (as above)
  • Back up oxygen cylinder
  • Nebulisation masks with relevant pharmaceuticals
  • Naloxone for reversal of opiates
  • Long acting paralysing agents

Circulation
  • All necessary resuscitative agents including adrenalin, atropine, sodium bicarb, lignocaine and amiodarone
  • An Automated External Defibrillator

Is there a registration process to work with Sound Asleep?

All we would require from you is your basic contact information, your highest qualification, proof of registration with the HPCSA and MPS. We also require a letter of good standing with HPCSA.

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