2021 SPS Virtual Conference
September 18 - 19, 2021

Provider Course Info

SPS Sedation Provider Course®

The Society for Pediatric Sedation (SPS) Sedation Provider Course® is designed for healthcare personnel (physicians, nurses, advanced practice providers and dentists) who provide procedural sedation for children outside the operating room. The course focuses on patient selection and risk assessment, general approach to procedural sedation, sedation monitoring, sedative drug pharmacology and the recognition and management of the most common sedation-related adverse events.

Due to restricted travel during the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 SPS Provider Course® has been specifically adapted to a virtual platform. The course content will meet the needs of a spectrum of novice and experienced sedation providers seeking both didactic and tele-simulation based education and training. This evidence-based course emphasizes the high risk, low frequency serious adverse events facilitated by national experts in sedation and simulation via a distant telecommunication platform. To afford each participant maximum interaction with the course instructors, the course is limited to 12 participants or less.


The goal of the provider course is to provide practitioners with the knowledge, competencies and tools to promote high quality procedural sedation to children. Upon successful completion of this course, the registrant should be able to:

  1. Perform a pre-sedation risk assessment
  2. Describe the effects of sedation on airway control and respiratory drive
  3. Explain the principles of and interpret the information from pulse oximetry and capnography
  4. Define, diagnose and treat adverse airway and cardiopulmonary events during sedation
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of the pharmacology and uses of common sedative drugs
  6. State the hands-on competencies required to intervene for sedation-related adverse events including airway management, bag-mask ventilation, appropriate use of resuscitative measures and resource management
  7. Describe effective teamwork dynamics and communication skills required for effective pediatric sedation teams
  8. Develop a systematic and rational approach to pediatric sedation

Joint Accreditation Statement

  In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and the Society for Pediatric Sedation.  Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Physician Continuing Medical Education

The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing Nursing Education

The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is 4 contact hours.

Pharmacotherapy contact hours for Advance Practice Registered Nurses will be designated on your certificate. 

Dental Credit

Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to the Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition at ADA.org/CERP.

Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this activity for 4 continuing education credits.
Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider, or to the Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition at ADA.org/CERP.

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) requires faculty, planners, and others in control of educational content to disclose all their financial relationships with ineligible companies. All identified conflicts of interest (COI) are thoroughly vetted and mitigated according to PIM policy. The existence or absence of COI for everyone in a position to control educational content will be disclosed to participants prior to the start of each activity