RCEM Audit Finds UK Emergency Departments Provide Safe Sedation, Despite Poor Documentation

Nearly half of adults sedated in Emergency Departments (EDs) did not have their consent recorded, according to an audit by the Royal College of Emergency Medicine.

Royal College of Emergency Medicine

The report, released today, audited 8845 adults presenting to 190 EDs and shows that sedation procedures are not being correctly documented.

The audit monitors documented care against the standards and aims to drive clinical practice forward by helping clinicians examine the work they do while recognising excellence.

However, the report finds that various monitoring standards are not being met. It shows: