This pre-course is offered in a live one-day format on Saturday September 16, 8:30-18:30 CEST at the Congress center in Barcelona.


Procedural sedation and analgesia (PSA) is widely administered by emergency physicians, in order to perform painful or uncomfortable procedures in the Accident and Emergency department.

PSA is significant associated with complications and must be seen as a high risk procedure. Due to the inherent risks, it is important that doctors are aware of and follow available national, international and local guidelines.

Furthermore it is crucial that adequate training should be followed to ensure the knowledge and skills to safely administer PSA and to treat possible complications.

With this course we will give the participants an overview over existing national and international guidelines, show them how to prepare the patient and the environment to perform safe PSA on the Accident and Emergency department and how to avoid and treat the most common complications related to PSA. After an introduction with some short presentations we will mainly train with simulated patients in hands-on workshops.


Course Director: Ruth Sneep, Royal London Hospital UK

  • Christian Heringhaus, Medical Center Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Goed The Netherlands
  • Douwe Rijpsma, NL
  • Meys Cohen, NL
  • Lieke van de Voort, Haga Teaching Hospital The Hague The Netherlands
  • Christine Roelofsen, Leiden University Medical Centre The Netherlands
  • Vanessa Valk, Haga Teaching Hospital The Hague The Netherlands

For who

Emergency Physicians and residents. Doctors who will follow the pre-course must be adequately trained in advanced life support and airway management skills.

Educational Material

To be handed over onsite at the course:
Pocket cards with relevant information for PSA preparation and treatment of complications.
After the course participants will get a list with relevant literature.


The costs for this course are
€ 290* for physicians
€ 130* for nurses, paramedics, trainees and students

*All prices exclusing VAT

Please register through your MyEUSEM account by clicking on the EUSEM Congress registration button. From the Pre-courses tab you can select the pre-courses you would like to join.


08:30 – 09:00Welcome and Introduction
09:00 – 09:30Lecture: SafeER PSA –  The course
09:30 – 09:45Lecture: PSA a continuum
09:45 – 10:20Lecture: PSA – a routine procedure?
10:20 – 10:35Lecture: Risk assessment and pre-sedation screening
10:35 – 10:50Lecture: Airway
10:50 – 11:00Lecture: Patient characteristics and positioning
11:00 – 11:15Coffee break
11:15 – 12:00Lecture: Monitoring
12:00 – 13:00Lecture: Pharmacology
13:00 – 13:45Lunch
13:45 – 14:05Table Top exercise
14:05- 14:15Demonstration
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15:55 – 16:15Break30
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17:55 – 18:25Quiz30