The Blank Children's Hospital pediatric sedation team is a group of specially-trained pediatric doctors, nurses and child life specialists who work together to help children sleep through potentially stressful or painful procedures or tests. Providers may request sedation for children during procedures that may take a long time or require a child to stay completely still.
Common Questions About Sedation
What is sedation?
Sedation is giving children medicine to make them more relaxed. When children are sedated, they will often better tolerate a medical procedure and will often not remember the procedure. Depending on the level of sedation, children may be conscious and able to talk, or may be deeply alseep but still breathing on their own.
Is sedation safe?
Safety is our primary concern when sedating children. A nurse or doctor assess every child to ensure it is safe for them to receive sedation. Our sedation team uses special guidelines to enure your child is safe during sedation. Children not meeting specific requirements may need to be admitted to the hospital following sedation.
What tests are sedation commonly used for?
Sedation is commonly used for a variety of procedures where children need to remain still for a period of time. Other situations when sedation is beneficial:
- Children can not remain still due to age, behavioral, developmental or psychological issues.
- Procedure is painful.
- Children are claustrophobic.
How do I schedule a sedation?
Sedation needs to be requested by your child's doctor or primary care provider based on the type of test or procedure they are needing your child to have performed.
Where are sedations performed?
Sedations are performed where the procedure will occur. For example, if your child is receiving an MRI, the sedation will take place in Radiology.
Can my child eat or drink before sedation?
It is very important that your child follow the food guidelines provided to you prior to sedation. If your child does not follow the specific guidelines, the sedation and procedure will need to be rescheduled. Be sure to talk to the sedation coordinator if you have any questions.
What happens during the sedation?
The type of sedation used is based on your child's age, weight, allergies and the procedure being performed. Topical medicine may be placed on your child to numb the area for the IV start. Your child may get sedation medicine by mouth, inhaled, intravenous (IV) or rectally. The sedation medicine is given prior to the procedure. You are allowed to stay with your child while he or she is first being sedated. We will try to make sure you are the first person your child sees when he or she wakes up.
Throughout the procedure the sedation team will be monitoring your child. Vital signs are monitored until the procedure is over and your child is ready to go home.
What happens after the sedation?
When your child is fully awake, eating and drinking, and it has been one hour since the last dose of sedation medicine, you may go home. We will provide you guidelines to follow for your child's care at home.