President's Message

Advancing our Mission Through Partnership and Collaboration

Dr. ScherrerBy Jason Reynolds, MD
SPS President

Staying focused on our mission to advance pediatric sedation by promoting safe, high quality care, innovative research and quality professional education, I thought it fitting to highlight some of our current partnerships and collaborations.  While there is a substantial original work going on within the Society, there are many other organizations also working to advance sedation care for children.  This portion of the Society’s work is organized within the Outreach Subcommittee chaired by Dr. Ben Jackson.

One organization that has received substantial press in the past several months is SmartTots .  The work of this organization is pivotal in consolidating the available financial and intellectual resources to address the concern of potential anesthetic/sedative neurotoxicity.  In light of the recent FDA warning , the work of this group is particularly important.  The SPS endorsed the most recent SmartTots statement  and we have several members who are part of the regular meetings and working groups that evaluate new evidence as it becomes available.  (Please see Dr. Joe Cravero's commentary in this edition of the newsletter.) Through this partnership we seek to improve care and provide our members, and the larger community of parents and providers that care for children, the most up-to-date information. If you are interested in getting involved with this important work please contact Dr. Mark Buckmaster, our liaison to SmartTots.

Lorie Reilly is the chair of the Nursing and Allied Health Committee.  Through her leadership the Society has been able to collaborate with the Association for Radiologic & Imaging Nursing.  There is substantial overlap between the mission of our respective societies.  This partnership has led to opportunities to draw on the expertise of our combined membership to present at our respective meetings.  Please reach out to Mrs. Reilly if you are interested in getting involved with our nursing collaborations.

The Society has also partnered with the Pediatric Hospital Medicine community in a number of ways.  SPS has an annual presence at the Pediatric Hospital Medicine  conference each year where we offer the SPS Sedation Provider Course.  We have also partnered with the AAP Section on Hospital Medicine to provide sedation training for their annual fellows conference which takes place each year in Salt Lake City.  These efforts are coordinated by the Provider Course Subcommittee, under the leadership of Dr. Corrie Chumpitazi.  Please reach out to Dr. Chumpitazi if you are interested in becoming involved with this important work.

These are just a few of the important partnerships we have developed over the years.  If you have any ideas for new partnerships or just want to see how you might get involved, please contact me or Dr. Ben Jackson.

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