Continuing Medical Education

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.

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  1. Esther McClure

    Good general review. Think I will be sending this to the peds residents that spend time with us on sedation service! Will also be using it for the sedation nurse training. Has some helpful hints that can be used when we are screening patients for sedation! Thanks!

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