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Great Expectations—Defining Quality in Pediatric Sedation

Outcomes of a Multidisciplinary Consensus Conference

Connors, J. Michael; Cravero, Joseph P.; Kost, Susanne; LaViolette, Deb; Lowrie, Lia; Scherrer, Patricia D.

The Journal for Healthcare Quality (JHQ): March/April 2015 - Volume 37 - Issue 2 - p 139–154
doi: 10.1111/jhq.12033
Original Article

Purpose: Recognizing the inconsistencies in sedation practices, the Society for Pediatric Sedation convened this meeting to begin the process of defining quality as it relates to the field of pediatric sedation.

Scope: Millions of procedures are performed each year on children. Caring for children, even for routine procedures, can be challenging. Children may not have the ability to follow commands, tolerate painful stimuli, or even lie still for a diagnostic study. Therefore, pharmacologic sedation with medications designed to blunt the awareness of the patient and provide relief of pain and anxiety is necessary.

Methods: A multidisciplinary group of sedation providers and quality methodology experts met in November 2011. Through 2 days of didactics, small workgroups, and consensus discussions, the attendees met the objectives of exploring quality in pediatric sedation around the Institute of Medicine's (IOM, 2001) six aims of quality: Safe, Effective, Patient Centered, Timely, Efficient, and Equitable.

Results: The conference findings outlined in this document address the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) mission of improving quality healthcare for all Americans, especially for underrepresented groups such as children. The conference outlines a key next step in defining and achieving quality in pediatric procedural sedation.

For more information on this article, contact J. Michael Connors MD at .

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

© 2015 National Association for Healthcare Quality
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