Premedication – Core Learning Outcomes

* To prescribe premedication when indicated, especially for the high risk population


  • PD_BK_01 Summarises the value of appropriate explanations and reassurance in alleviating the patient’s anxiety
  • PD_BK_02 Lists basic indications for prescription of pre-medication
  • PD_BK_03 Describes the rationale for the use of different anxiolytic and sedative drugs
  • PD_BK_04 Discusses the applied pharmacology of sedative and anxiolytic drugs
  • PD_BK_05 Recalls the factors that influence the risk of gastric reflux/aspiration and lists strategies to reduce it
  • PD_BK_06 Explains the applied pharmacology of pro-kinetic and antacids including simple alkalis, H2 receptor antagonists and proton pump inhibitors
  • PD_BK_07 Describes the application of local/national guidelines on management of thrombo-embolic risk


  • PD_BS_01Prescribes appropriate agents to reduce the risk of regurgitation and aspiration
  • PD_BS_02Explains, in a way the patient understands, the benefits and possible risks of sedative premedication
  • PD_BS_03Prescribes appropriate anxiolytic/sedative premedication when indicated