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Procedural Sedation for Adults

  • Claim Credits by 7/31/2026
  • Online Activity
Credits Available: CME, ANCC
The American Red Cross Adult Procedural Sedation online course, developed in collaboration with the American Society of Anesthesiologists, is designed for non-anesthesia healthcare professionals who care for adult patients receiving moderate...  Read More +

Item Details

The American Red Cross designates this educational activity for the credit types below.  Acceptance of credit hours by licensing or certification boards is not implied.

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the American Red Cross and the American Society of Anesthesiologists. The American Red Cross is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

IPCE: This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 3.75 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.

CME (Physicians): American Red Cross Training Services designates this enduring material for a maximum of 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The CME credits that physicians earn from this activity will be submitted to ACCME's CME Passport, a free, centralized web application where you can create a personalized account to view, track, and generate transcripts of your reported CME credit. Visit to create your account.

NCPD (Nurses): The maximum number of hours awarded for this Nursing Continuing Professional Development activity is 3.75 contact hours.

CPE (Pharmacists): The maximum number of hours awarded for this application based Continuing Pharmacy Education activity is 3.75 contact hours (3.75 CEUs). Please note: Pharmacy learners will need to provide NABP number and date of birth (MM/YY).

Electronic or printed certificates of credit generated from participation in this activity are not valid for pharmacy learners.  A paper statement of credit, can be printed from their NABP e-profile here.

Universal Activity Number:  JA0007329-9999-23-001-H05-P

AAPA (Physician Assistants): American Red Cross Training Services has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria.  This activity is designated for 3.75 AAPA Category 1 Credits.  Approval is valid until July 31, 2026. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

ADA CERP (Dental Professionals): American Red Cross is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to the Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition at

American Red Cross Training Services designates this activity for 3.75 continuing education credits.

  • Identify indications for adult procedural sedation, as well as its adjuncts and alternatives. 
  • Describe the pharmacokinetic properties of sedatives, analgesics, and reversal agents used in adult procedural sedation. 
  • Summarize the key components of the sedation assessment and documentation prior to, during, and after sedation. 
  • Integrate the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Physical Status classification system with the assessment of the adult patient prior to procedural sedation. 
  • Distinguish how the level of sedation will determine the role of individuals within the healthcare team. 
  • Interpret how the continuum of depth of sedation relates to the need for rescue interventions in the adult patient. 
  • Apply the Responsiveness, Airway, Breathing, Circulation (RABC) approach in adult patients to identify adverse events such as apnea and hypoventilation. 
  • Choose the discharge criteria required for post-procedural adult sedation based on evidence-based practices. 
  • Explain the handoff process, including its significance to improve communication within the healthcare team. 
All non-anesthesiologist physicians, nurses, dentists, dental professionals, pharmacists, PAs, and care team members involved in delivering moderate (conscious) procedural sedation.

Course Director 
Jennifer Ryan, MSN, RN, CEN, CIC, CPHRM, CPHQ, LNCC, Director of Workplace and Continuing Education, American Red Cross 

Planning Committee 
Steven Houg, BS, CAE, CHSE, Senior Simulation Education Manager, American Society of Anesthesiologists
Melanie Dykstra, Continuing Education Coordinator, American Red Cross

Content Developers
Danielle DiPalma, Senior Director, Product Development, American Red Cross
Maryann Foley, BSN, RN, Developmental Editor/Clinical Writer, American Red Cross
Gary Haynes, MD, MS, PhD, FASA, Anesthesiologist Subject Matter Expert
Patricia Fogarty Mack, MD, FASA, ASA Committee on Quality Management and Department Administration
Sarah Kyle, Senior Developmental Editor, American Red Cross
David Markenson, MD, MBA, FCCM, FAAP, FACEP, FACHE, Chief Medical Officer, American Red Cross
Joshua Tobin, MD, MSc, Scientific Advisory Council Resuscitation-Adult Sub-Council Chair, American Red Cross
Jennifer Ryan, MSN, RN, CEN, CIC, CPHRM, CPHQ, LNCC, Director of Workplace and Continuing Education, American Red Cross
Nici Singletary, MD, FACEP, Scientific Advisory Council Co-Chair, American Red Cross
Cindy Tryniszewski, MSN, RN, FAE, Clinical Writer/Editor, American Red Cross
Ryan Wallace, MSN, RN, Manager, Product Development, American Red Cross
Mark Whelchel, DNP, MSN, ACNP-BC, CCRN, Director Healthcare and Prehospital Education, American Red Cross
Laurie Willshire, MPH, BSN, RN, Healthcare Project Manager, American Red Cross

Content Reviewers
David Martin, MD, PhD, FASA, Vice President, Scientific Affairs, American Society of Anesthesiologists
Grant Lynde, MD, MBA, FASA, ASA Committee on Quality Management and Department Administration, ASA Committee on Professional Education Oversight

The following members of the planning and review committee for this course have relevant financial relationships to disclose with ineligible companies: No individuals in control of content have relevant financial relationships to disclose. 

All financial relationships reported are reviewed for relevance by American Red Cross Training Services in accordance with the Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited CE. Relevant financial relationships have been mitigated by American Red Cross Training Services in advance of delivery of the activity to learners.

There is no commercial support for this activity. 

You can view a copy of the American Red Cross Privacy Policy here.  You can view a copy of the American Society of Anesthesiologists Privacy Policy here.

Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of patient conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.

Hardware/Software/Internet Connectivity  

Browsers/technology requirements to launch/view an online course: 

The Red Cross Learning Center and online courses are supported on computers running Mac OS® 10 or higher and Windows® 10 or higher.  

Supported Browser include:  

  • Apple® Safari® on Mac OS® 12 
  • Microsoft® Edge® 
  • Mozilla® Firefox® 
  • Google Chrome™ 

NOTE: We strongly recommend running within the last 2 versions of the current browser release.  Browser pop-up blocker should be disabled. 

Requirements include the following: 

  • Adobe Reader: Adobe Reader 9 or higher (Free—download now
  • Processor: Intel i5 or faster processor  
  • Memory: 4GB of RAM or higher 
  • Hard Drive: Recommended minimum of 2 GB of hard drive space  
  • Operating System: Windows 10 or higher or Mac OS 12 or higher
Procedural Sedation for Adults
  • Non-member Price: $130.00