Recommendations for good practice for sedation in assisted conception

Conscious sedation is a commonly used approach to provide pain relief during transvaginal oocyte retrieval. It has been shown to be effective with high levels of acceptability and patient satisfaction. Fundamental Standards and Development Standards in safe sedation practice have been set out by the Royal College of Anaesthetists and they recommend that Royal Colleges, in association with the relevant sub-specialty organizations, should develop guidelines on sedation methods appropriate to clinical practice in their sphere of influence. This Policy and Practice paper outlines the human resources and equipment necessary to optimize patients’ safety for the administration of intravenous (I.V.) sedation in assisted conception units, based on the most current evidence and guidance available.