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Pediatric sedation at American Family Children's Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin, offers patients the opportunity to receive medications to alleviate both pain and fear, focusing on each child's individual needs and desires, prior to each medical procedure.
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Learn about scheduling a pediatric sedation appointment and the types of sedation your child may receive in our Pediatric Sedation Scheduling primer.
Typical procedures for which children are sedated include MRI scans, CT scans or other procedures that are not painful but require a child to hold still for a long period of time. Other procedures that require sedation include painful procedures such as spinal taps or catheter placement or removal.
Sedation cannot be performed if your child has a history of:
- Sleep apnea or central apnea
- Facial disorders that distort the airway
- Uncontrolled seizures
- Uncontrolled gastric reflux disease
- Increased pressure on the brain
- Your child's health history is reviewed to determine if it is safe for the child to be sedated.
- If it is determined that it is safe to sedate a child, a scheduler will call to provide information about arrival times and eating guidelines. This information will also be mailed to families.
- Bring your child to the Sedation Clinic up to 1½ hours before the procedure time.
- When your child arrives in the clinic, if an IV is needed, clinicians place a numbing cream on appropriate body sites.
- Children are examined and a careful health history is obtained to determine if it is safe to perform sedation. (If a child has a current cough, cold, fever, or is vomiting, clinicians may not be able to proceed with the sedation that day.)
- If it is safe to proceed, providers will discuss the choices for sedation with parents and children, if age-appropriate.
- Parents are allowed to remain with their child at all times during the sedation. (On rare occasions some exceptions may be made.)
- Duration depends on the procedure being done.
- Children are permitted to drink fluids after awakening.
- Once they are back to a baseline status for at least 30 minutes, they may leave the Sedation Clinic.
- Further instructions will be given from the nurse upon discharge.
The one-on-one care provided by the sedation program team - including physicians, sedation nurses and nurse practitioners - is both compassionate and highly skillful, and has made a positive impact on the treatment course and lives of numerous children and families. Our pediatric sedation staff provide careful screening and continuous monitoring of each patient before, during and after each sedation.
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