Akron Children’s pediatric sedation services are provided by a team of physicians and nurses who specialize in the sedation of children. Sedation is a medicine that makes children more relaxed and safe during medical procedures that may be stressful, painful or require a child to hold still. For painful procedures, the sedation team will offer medicine (analgesia) to help dull the pain. Depending on the level of sedation, a child may be drowsy, relaxed and able to talk, or deeply asleep but able to breathe on his own. Read More...
Our pediatric sedation team considers your child's age, medical condition and the procedure required to determine whether sedation is necessary. Tests and procedures where pediatric sedation may be appropriate include, but are not limited to:
Sedation may not be appropriate for all children. When your child's procedure is scheduled, a sedation nurse will call to perform a health screening over the phone.
If you haven't received a phone call within 24 hours of the scheduled procedure, call sedation services at 330-543-4070.
A sedation nurse will call before your child's scheduled procedure to give you instructions. For your child's safety, follow all pre-sedation instructions.
A parent or guardian must be present to sign the sedation consent form on the day of the procedure. If this isn't possible, contact sedation services to make other arrangements. You will register in Admitting or directly in the department performing the procedure.
Once you're in the unit, a nurse will review your child's medical history and allergies with you, and check your child's weight, pulse, breathing rate and blood pressure. Electrodes (small, sticky patches) with wires connected to a heart monitor may be applied to your child's chest to monitor her heart rate and rhythm.
A pulse oximeter probe (oxygen monitor) will be taped to a finger or toe. An IV line may be needed to give medicine.
Your child's sedation doctor will explain the sedation, give you a chance to ask questions, and choose the right medicine for your child's age, size, and type and length of procedure.
A member of the sedation team will monitor your child's heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen and sedation levels very closely throughout the procedure.
Side effects of sedation may include dizziness, vomiting, sleepiness and breathing difficulties. Medicine can be given to lessen the side effects of some sedatives and analgesics.
When your child's ready for discharge, you will be given instructions for home care. Plan to watch your child closely for several hours after the sedation.
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