SafER PSA – Procedural sedation and analgesia for Emergency Physicians



This pre-course is offered in a live one-day format on
Saturday October 15 at the Congress center in Berlin.


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: Christian Heringhaus (The Netherlands)

  • Douwe Rijpsma (The Netherlands)
  • Ruth Sneep (United Kingdom)
  • Egon Zwets (The Netherlands)
  • Meys Cohen (The Netherlands)
  • Harald Hennig (Germany)
  • Vanessa Valk (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
€ 270 for physicians
€ 130 for nurses, paramedics and students

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.


08:00 – 08:30Registration30
08:30 – 09:00Welcome and Introduction30
09:00 – 09:30Lecture: SafeER PSA –  The course30
09:30 – 09:45Lecture: PSA a continuum15
09:45 – 10:20Lecture: PSA – a routine procedure?35
10:20 – 10:35Lecture: Risk assessment and pre-sedation screening15
10:35 – 10:50Lecture: Airway15
10:50 – 11:00Lecture: Patient characteristics and positioning10
11:00 – 11:15Coffee break15
11:15 – 12:00Lecture: Monitoring45
12:00 – 13:00Lecture: Pharmacology60
13:00 – 13:45Lunch45
13:45 – 14:05Table Top exercise20
14:05- 14:15Demonstration10
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17:55 – 18:25Quiz30