The Society for Pediatric Sedation has partnered with Vanderbilt University School of Medicine to develop online CME for physicians. We are pleased to release this first activity.
The pre-sedation assessment is probably the most important aspect of the pediatric sedation encounter. It is during this assessment that risk factors for sedation-related adverse events may be identified. It is often assumed that the pre-sedation assessment begins when the patient arrives to the hospital prior to their scheduled procedure. In reality though, the pre-sedation assessment should begin in the pediatrician’s office. It is the pediatrician that is most familiar with the patient’s history. In many cases, a careful pre-sedation assessment by the pediatrician will uncover potential risk factors that may need to be further evaluated (like a history suggestive of Obstructive Sleep Apnea) before referring the patient for sedation.
The purpose of this CME activity is to present a general framework for pediatricians to perform a pre-sedation assessment in the office at the time the decision in made to order sedation. Performing this assessment is critical to ensure patients are triaged appropriately based on well-identified risk factors, and when appropriate referred for additional evaluation prior to the scheduled procedure. Taking a few minutes to do this in the office will help to avoid unnecessary delays and ensure patient receive the appropriate level of care.