Quality/Safety

Origin of Caleb’s Law

Origin of Caleb’s Law

By John H. Unkel, MD, MPA, DDS, FAAP Six year old Caleb Sears died in an oral surgeon’s office in 2015 following administration of five sedatives resulting in apnea and cardiac arrest. In response to the adverse event the California Assembly requested the Dental Board of California to review current statutes on dental anesthesia/deep sedation….

Is Sedation Consent the Same as Anesthesia Consent?

Is Sedation Consent the Same as Anesthesia Consent?

By Vanessa A. Olbrecht, MD, MBA, FASA Informed consent is one of the most important concepts in medicine. During the process, the care team partners with a child and parents/guardians to provide information to them, enabling them to come to an appropriate decision about proceeding with care. By creating this partnership, the consent process may…

Is our sedation service efficient? How can we tell?

Is our sedation service efficient? How can we tell?

By Cheri D. Landers, MD, FCCM Measuring sedation service efficiency can be challenging.  First, there is not a single measure used by all providers for sedation service efficiency. Per the IOM definition, efficient care “avoids waste including waste of equipment, supplies, ideas and energy”. Great Expectations – Defining Quality in Pediatric Sedation (1) is the…

Safety in Sedation – Not Just Physical

Safety in Sedation – Not Just Physical

By Laura Mitchell, CCLS What does “patient safety” mean to you? In the world of pediatric procedural sedation, we consider safety as relating to the physical safety of our patients. We rely on standards of care set forth by The Joint Commission and the Center for Medicare/Medicaid Services. In our own SPS Center of Excellence…

Does My Patient Really Need MRI Sedation?

Does My Patient Really Need MRI Sedation?

For those of us who regularly sedate children for MRI procedures, it’s a frequent challenge to determine who will actually need sedation versus who will be able to complete the MRI without medication.  I have seen four-year-old girls happily complete an MRI without sedation while 17-year-old developmentally typical adolescents could not manage to stay still. …