This blog is intended as a resource for both sedation practitioners, as well as, non-sedation practitioners that may refer their patients for sedation.  True to the SPS Mission the topics presented here are multidisciplinary and aimed at improving the sedation care of children.  The Blog is divided into 10 different categories, which broadly cover sedation practice.

Writing for Us

Posts to this blog are a combination of invited expert opinion as well as unique approaches submitted by SPS members regarding their own practice of pediatric sedation.  If you have an idea that you would like to see posted on the blog or an idea for a post that you would like to submit, please contact the Blog administrator at jmreynol@texaschildrenshospital.org.

When writing for us we ask that you use the general format listed below.  Take into consideration that this is not a peer reviewed publication and we are not looking for original scientific work or extensive literature reviews.  Rather we are looking for brief reports of individuals practice that may prove useful to the broader sedation community.  Opinions are welcome but please make an effort to clarify those statements supported by the available literature from those that are based on anecdotal or subjective experience.



Briefly describe the topic you wish to discuss (i.e. Brief description of dexmedetomidine and rational for IN use).  Please limit to 1-2 paragraphs.

Use/Application in your practice

Describe your specific approach to the topic (i.e. In which patients are you using IN dexmedetomidine?).  Include specific dosages or range of dosages when applicable.  Please limit to 3-4 paragraphs.


How successful is your approach (i.e. How many sedation failures?).  Objective data is preferred.  When objective data is not available then your subjective observations are encouraged.  However, please make this  clear in your report (i.e. In my experience…).  Please limit to 1-2 paragraphs.


Again objective data is preferred but the report of your experience with complications is often times more useful for the purposes of this blog than the actual numbers (i.e. We have used this protocol on hundreds of patients. Complications are uncommon but we have seen several cases of severe bradycardia).  Please limit to 1-2 paragraphs.

Useful References

This is not meant to be a literature review and an extensive list of reference is not encouraged or required.  However, this is the place to list core articles that may pertain to your topic and be useful to the readers of this blog (i.e. Dexmedetomidine for Pediatric Sedation for CT Imaging Studies).

Charts, Diagrams, Documents, and Pictures

The blog is a WordPress™ supported program.  Thus we have the capacity to download documents and files into the blog.  These can either be displayed directly in the blog or as a link.  Supported files are Microsoft™ documents, .pdf documents, and .jpeg images.  Videos are also supported (please contact blog administrator for specifics on video formatting).

Another useful feature of a blog is the capacity to link and/or insert pictures and files that already exist in other web locations.  If you wish to use diagrams, pictures, etc. that are available for public viewing on other sites, please contact the blog administrator for assistance with this feature.


Comments are an opportunity for everyone to offer their own opinions and practice suggestions regarding the topic.  Comments are not restricted to SPS members or registered users of the website.  However, we do expect that comments will adhere to the same standards as set forth for the ListServe.

Legal Disclaimer

  • This Blog is provided as a service of the Society for Pediatric Sedation (SPS). The SPS is not responsible for the opinions and information posted on this site by others. SPS disclaims all warranties with regard to information posted on this site, whether posted by SPS or any third party; this disclaimer includes all implied warranties of merchantability and fitness. In no event shall SPS be liable for any special, indirect, or consequential damages or any damages whatsoever resulting from loss of use, data, or profits, or copyright infringement arising out of or in connection with the use or performance of any information posted on this site by members.
  • Do not post any defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials. Do not post any information or other material protected by copyright without the permission of the copyright owner. By posting material, the posting party warrants and represents that he or she owns the copyright with respect to such material or has received permission from the copyright owner. In addition, the posting party grants SPS and users of this blog the nonexclusive right and license to display, copy, publish, distribute, transmit, print, and use such information or other material.
  • SPS does not actively monitor the site for inappropriate postings and on its own do not undertake editorial control of postings. However, in the event that any inappropriate posting is brought to SPS’s attention, SPS will take all appropriate action. The society reserves the right to delete material from the Blog for any reason it, in its sole discretion, deems sufficient.
  • In the event that the society determines, in its sole discretion, that you have breached any portion of these rules, or have otherwise demonstrated conduct inappropriate for the Blog, the society reserves the right to (i) warn you via e-mail that you have violated these rules; (ii) delete any or all content provided by you from the Blog; (iii) deny you access to the Blog, and/or (iv) take any other action that SPS deems to be appropriate.
  • SPS reserves the right to terminate access to any user who does not abide by these guidelines.

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