January 31, 2006

Contact: Luke Frank, Senior Public Affairs Representative, 505/272-3679; 505/907-9525 (cell)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ALBUQUERQUE , NM "Core Concepts and Clinical Skills" will be the theme for this year's National Procedural Sedation Course, scheduled March 10-11 at the Hilton Albuquerque Hotel.

Procedural Sedation, a method of safely reducing pain and anxiety in patients undergoing invasive procedures, is increasingly common in emergency departments, dental offices and hospitals.

This year's national course will focus on the core knowledge, skills and attitudes required for safe procedural sedation of adult and pediatric patients. In addition to speakers, lectures and workshops, the course will include small group case discussions and skills practice using high-fidelity human simulators.

The course is approved for CME credits through the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Emergency Physicians and the New Mexico Nurse's Association.

Additionally, there will be a pre-conference Airway Course Thursday, March 9, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Hilton Albuquerque, which will include didactic sessions and skills labs. The course is designed for physicians, nurses, paramedics and respiratory therapists.

For more course information, registration fees, accommodations and deadlines, please call 505/272-3942 or visitwww.hsc.unm.edu/cme.