There may be times when you are picking up a rider that has had a procedure done where they were put under a moderate sedation. This guide will take you through what the best practices are to ensuring you handle this type of situation appropriately.
Moderate sedation, or conscious sedation, is medicine used during procedures to help you feel relaxed and calm. The patient will be awake and able to follow directions without anxiety or pain. They will remember little to none of the procedure. Moderate sedation can be used for procedures such as a colonoscopy, wound repair, cataract removal, or dental work. The medicine is given as a pill, shot, inhaled solution, or injection through an IV.
- Plan to go inside the facility to pick the Rider up post-procedure. Let reception know who you are there to pick up and wait for the patient to be released.
- Don't leave the facility until the Rider can safely stand and walk out to the car.
- Ask the Rider if they would like you to recline the seat to make them more comfortable.
- Drive as slowly and cautiously as possible as nausea is common after sedation.
- Short term memory loss is common (sometimes for up to 24 hours) but do continue to speak to passenger as if they are fully coherent as they can still hear.
- Contact the doctor that they came from immediately if: they complain of a fever, vomiting, skin is itchy, swollen or has a rash, or there is a headache or dizziness.
- When dropping the Rider off, walk them all the way to their door and ensure they get inside safely before returning to your car to leave.