Sedation for pediatric echocardiography: Evaluation of preprocedure fasting guidelines

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In an effort to increase the safety of sedated procedures, there is a recent trend to increase preprocedure fasting times. However, optimal fasting times have never been established for a sedated echocardiogram. We retrospectively analyzed 334 patients divided into 2 groups. Group 1 (140 patients) had fasting times less than 2 hours, whereas group 2 (184 patients) had fasting times more than 2 hours. When the entire population was considered, there was no difference in efficacy between the 2 groups (P = .08). However, in patients younger than 6 months, group 2 had decreased efficacy compared with group 1 (P = .03). There were no major complications in either group. There was no difference in the rate of minor complications between the 2 groups. Our study concludes that longer fasting times are less efficacious in children younger than 6 months, and do not improve safety.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)980-983
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Society of Echocardiography
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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