Safety of Non-Anesthesia Provider-Administered Propofol (NAAP) Sedation in Advanced Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Procedures: Comparative Meta-Analysis of Pooled Results

The authors perform a meta-analysis to explore the safety of sedation provided by anesthesiologists or non-anesthesiologists to patients undergoing gastrointestinal endoscopic procedures. No differences were detected between the incidence of desaturation or in the need of airway intervention between both groups. Satisfaction of gastroenterologists and patients was in favor of anesthesiologists. Important limitations like no control for hemodynamics or other aspects like recovery could be studied based on the data collected. Their conclusions might raise some debate in a topic that is controversial by nature.

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