SPS Annual Conference 2015


By Lia Lowrie, MD

The Planning Committee for the Annual Conference May 18 – 19, 2015 is in full swing.  While we still haven’t settled on a catchy title the theme is apropos to our beautiful downtown St. Louis, Missouri location at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch. 

Gateway ArchWikipedia says, “The Gateway Arch is a 630-foot-high (192 m) monument in St. Louis, in the U.S. state of Missouri. Clad in stainless steel and built in the form of a flattened catenary arch, it is the tallest man-made monument in the Western Hemisphere, Missouri's tallest accessible building, and the world's tallest arch. Built as a monument to the westward expansion of the United States, it is the centerpiece of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and has become an internationally famous symbol of St. Louis.”

We are hoping to highlight the “span” of need for pediatric procedural sedation from the ER to inpatient pediatrics.   How to effectively “bridge” sedation services with pain and palliative care teams and as we celebrate our 10th year of conferences about pediatric procedural sedation, look through the “Gateway” toward the future as pediatric procedural sedationists.   We are working on eight plenary sessions, and 22 break out session topics most directly requested by review of evaluations of the Annual Conferences in Houston and Charleston.  New this year on May 16 and 17, there will be two-day simulation based Society of Critical Care Medicine sponsored course, Pediatric Fundamentals of Critical Care Support, for clinical providers of any kind who are interested in more quickly recognizing critical illness and initiating care.  The always popular SPS Sedation Provider Course will be offered on Wednesday, May 20.  Both courses will take place at the Saint Louis School of Medicine Simulation Center four short miles from downtown St. Louis and directly across the street from our partner hospital SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center.  Also new this year will be scheduled time for SPS Committee work during the afternoon of Sunday, May 17.  These are open Committee meetings so plan on arriving Sunday morning.

Make your Hyatt reservations now!
The Hyatt Regency St. Louis is a 15 mile taxi ride from the Airport, or a 30 minute MetroLink train ride from the terminal to the Pine Street Station, which is six short blocks away. Plan to enjoy all that St. Louis has to offer:  The Arch, a Cardinal home baseball game, the City Museum, Forest Park and the free Zoo or Museums are all  easily accessible from the Hyatt.

Please feel free to contact any of the members of the local Planning Committee with specific topics you would like to hear more about. 

St. Louis 2015 SPS Conference Planning Committee

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