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Sedation Web Site -- -- Adds New Content and Features

Site offers GI professionals online resource with latest information on endoscopic sedation practices and safety

OAK BROOK, Ill. – December 16, 2008 – A new online resource on endoscopic sedation,, launched in the spring of 2008 for gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopists and gastroenterology nurses who assist with endoscopic procedures, has recently added new content and features. The Web site is a joint project of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Institute, the Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates, Inc. (SGNA) and the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG).

Site visitors can now submit GI sedation-related questions to as well as articles to be posted to the site. Responses to questions will be answered by site faculty and posted to Submitted articles will be reviewed by site faculty prior to being posted. New sections on emerging technologies, drug combinations and a glossary of terms have recently been added to the site. In addition, site visitors can now sign-up to receive a newsletter that will announce new content and features to the site as they are added.

“The endoscopic sedation environment is seeing continual change, which requires GI medical professionals to keep up-to-date on the latest information in order to ensure quality and safety in endoscopic sedation,” said John J. Vargo, MD, FASGE, AGAF, content committee chairman, “The new additions to offer site visitors more tools to improve their knowledge, including the ability to ask questions about issues they encounter in practice that will be answered by endoscopic sedation experts– physicians and nurses.” provides an easy-to-access online body of knowledge about the science, pharmacology, practice management and regulatory environment of endoscopic sedation. This Web site aims to improve the understanding of endoscopic sedation among GI medical professionals and trainees, giving them the information they need to improve their knowledge and to ensure patient safety.

From airways to ventilation, the new glossary of terms helps visitors quickly access easy-to-understand explanations of common sedation-related concepts. The emerging technology section offers updates on new sedation agents and delivery methods being explored for use in GI endoscopy, including nitrous oxide, ketamine, patient-controlled analgesia/sedation and target-controlled infusion. Find even more content about commonly used medication regimens as well as a graphic showing the use of benzodiazepines, opioids, anesthetic and other sedatives in the drug combinations section.

The content of the site was developed and is maintained at the direction of GI physicians and nurses from the four societies and includes the following sections:

  • Sedation Medications
  • Sedation Administration
    • Drug Combinations
  • Physiology of Sedation
  • Risks and Safety
  • Practice Management
  • Ask Sedation Facts
  • Submit an Article
  • Standards and Regulations
  • Resources and Updates
    • Sedation News (media articles)
    • Upcoming Conferences and Training
    • Related Web sites
    • Emerging Technologies
    • Glossary of Terms
    • Newsletter is funded by an educational grant from Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.


About the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Founded in 1941, the mission of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy is to be the leader in advancing patient care and digestive health by promoting excellence in gastrointestinal endoscopy. ASGE, with nearly 12,000 members worldwide, promotes the highest standards for endoscopic training and practice, fosters endoscopic research, recognizes distinguished contributions to endoscopy, and is the foremost resource for endoscopic education. Visit and for more information.

About the AGA Institute
The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) is dedicated to the mission of advancing the science and practice of gastroenterology. Founded in 1897, the AGA is one of the oldest medical-specialty societies in the U.S. Comprised of two non-profit organizations — the AGA and the AGA Institute — our more than 16,000 members include physicians and scientists who research, diagnose and treat disorders of the gastrointestinal tract and liver. The AGA, a 501(c6) organization, administers all membership and public policy activities, while the AGA Institute, a 501(c3) organization, runs the organization’s practice, research and educational programs. On a monthly basis, the AGA Institute publishes two highly respected journals, Gastroenterology and Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. For more information, visit

About the American College of Gastroenterology
Founded in 1932, the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) is an organization with an international membership of more than 10,000 individuals from 80 countries. The College is committed to serving the clinically oriented digestive disease specialist through its emphasis on scholarly practice, teaching and research. The mission of the College is to serve the evolving needs of physicians in the delivery of high quality, scientifically sound, humanistic, ethical, and cost-effective health care to gastroenterology patients. For more information, visit

About the Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates
The Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates, Inc. (SGNA) is a professional organization of more than 8,500 nurses and associates dedicated to the safe and effective practice of gastroenterology and endoscopy nursing. SGNA carries out its mission by advancing the science and practice of gastroenterology and endoscopy nursing through education, research, advocacy, and collaboration, and by promoting the professional development of its members in an atmosphere of mutual support. For more information, visit

Media Contacts

Anne Brownsey
American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
(630) 570-5635
Aimee Frank
AGA Institute
(301) 941-2620
Anne-Louise Oliphant
American College of Gastroenterology
(301) 263-9000 
Jennifer Kasowicz
Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates
(312) 673-4970