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Literature Reviews

Do children with high 
body mass indices have a higher incidence of emesis when undergoing ketamine sedation?

Etomidate for short pediatric procedures in the emergency department

Intranasal fentanyl and
high-concentration inhaled nitrous oxide for procedural sedation: A prospective observational pilot study of adverse events and depth of sedation


SPS and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine launch partnership to develop online CME for physicians

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Looking forward to the 2013 Society for Pediatric Sedation Conference

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Current Topics for the Pediatric Sedation Nurse

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President's Message

We Want To Hear From You!

Dr. LowrieBy Lia Lowrie, MD
SPS President

It’s always nice to start writing a Spring newsletter message because that means gloomy days of rain, snow and cold in the Midwest are coming to a close!  The SPS has been quietly productive over these past few months.  Here’s a list of a few works in progress:

  1. A synopsis of the November 2011 AHRQ and Mayday Fund supported The Society for Pediatric Sedation Consensus Meeting: Defining Quality in Pediatric Sedation has been written by the organizing Committee and submitted for publication.  We are hopeful that the selected journal will publish this year.
  2. Several authors continue to work toward getting data discussed in abstract form at last year’s Conference accepted as journal manuscripts.
  3. The SPS Provider Course Committee continues to work hard to tailor and package the SPS Pediatric Sedation Provider Course©.  Successful courses have occurred in Atlanta, Hartford, and Minneapolis and we are eagerly awaiting the Course in Houston this spring accompanying the Annual Conference.  Registration is open!  We are continuing to work with the AAP for the Pediatric Hospital Medicine annual conference to help provide Sedation training in 2013.
  4. Look for information coming soon about grant support opportunities through the SPS to fund pediatric sedation research and quality improvement proposals.
  5. On-line CME is active on the SPS website!  Go to “Education” on the website and select On-line CME.  The pre-sedation assessment presentation for general pediatricians is terrific.  More topics are coming soon and physician members can get CME credit hours through our partnership with Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. We will work toward establishing CE credit for our nurse members in the future.

The SPS pediatric sedation listserv has had many active discussions recently.  Whether you are a “lurker” or an active participant, the sharing of practice and approaches is great.  The archive is a good source for background discussions of common topics.

We have just completed Society elections for Board service.  First of all, I would like to extend a huge thank you for the service of four Directors who have helped from inception to make the SPS the success it is: John Berkenbosch, James Hertzog, Marc Leder and Suzanne Kost.  We had again, in 2013, lots of interest from SPS members who want to contribute their time and talents as Directors.  I am pleased to announce that Anne Stormorken MD, Morton Rosenberg DMD, Kevin Couloures MD, Lorie Reilly RN APN,  and Clay Bordley MD have all been elected to terms on the Board starting this May.

I am looking forward to our Annual SPS Conference at the Omni Galleria Hotel in Houston with the support of Texas Children’s Hospital and the Baylor College of Medicine on May 20 and 21, 2013.  A SPS Sedation Provider Course© is offered on May 19th and the annual SPS Board meeting will take place the morning of May 22nd.  The program promises lots of opportunity for interaction with faculty and each other – something so important to our multidisciplinary Society.  Registration for both the Course and the Conference is open.  I hope to see YOU there!

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