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President's Message

We Want To Hear From You!

Dr. LowrieBy Lia Lowrie, MD
SPS President

Writing the Fall Newsletter means members and Committees are reinvigorated and energized after coming together at the Annual Conference at the end of May.  We had a great meeting in Houston on May 20 and 21 with more than 250 attendees, excellent poster and oral abstract presentations, terrific general session lectures and a wide variety of excellent break out and simulation sessions – something for everyone!  You can read synopses about many of these presentations in this issue of SPS News.

All SPS Committees had a chance to meet in Houston and are continuing their work with conference calls.  In particular, the Membership Committee and Quality and Safety Committee have set out ambitious agendas for the year and are actively seeking members’ involvement.  Members can access contact information for all Committee Chairs in the Members Only section of the SPS website by clicking on “SPS Committees.”

During the May Annual Conference the SPS Board met and elected new officers.  I want to personally thank David Werner, MD for his service as Treasurer since inception of the SPS.  His experience and common sense business approach have gone a long way in support of this growing Society.  Our new Treasurer is David’s colleague in Atlanta, David Banks, MD who has already brought new eyes to our budget deliberations but there is much to be gained by the sense of continuity present.  Our other new officer is Mary Hegenbarth, MD elected into the role of Secretary.

One exciting update includes the acceptance of a write up about the November 2011 AHRQ and Mayday Fund supported The Society for Pediatric Sedation Consensus Meeting: Defining Quality in Pediatric Sedation by the Journal for Healthcare Quality (Wiley) (the journal for the national Association for Healthcare Quality).  The principles and next steps for establishing quality pediatric sedation metrics laid out by this 2 day meeting are serving as a springboard and framework for work done in all SPS Committees but most particularly Quality and Safety and Research.

While the opportunity to interact personally with colleagues with interests in pediatric procedural sedation is a huge benefit of attending the Annual SPS Conference (hope to see you in Charleston, South Carolina May 19 – 21, 2014), you can reap SPS benefits all year round through participation in Committees, listserv discussions, SPS News, blogging, Twitter and Facebook. Make a point of getting a colleague to join or explore what an Institutional membership can do for your hospital and staff.  There’s always more to do to promote safe and effective sedation and analgesia for our young patients!

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