Our sedation service performs 3,000 sedations per year for a variety of procedures and was recently designated a Center of Excellence in Pediatric Sedation by the Society for Pediatric Sedation. This designation reflects our commitment to providing an environment for the delivery of safe, effective, efficient and timely patient-centered pediatric procedural sedation.
Our compassionate team includes sedationists (pediatric emergency physicians or pediatricians with extensive experience and training in providing sedation), anesthesiologists (physician specialists), advanced practice nurses (APNs), and registered nurses (RNs). Everyone on our team is extremely well trained and experienced in working with sedation in children.
Regional Pediatric Sedation Highlights
Services, programs and care teams differ at each location. Call for details.
Delaware Valley/Greater Philadelphia
We offer pediatric procedural sedation at Nemours Children’s Hospital, Delaware (Wilmington).
- Medical unit (called "Day Medicine") devoted only to providing sedation for kids
- Region’s only children’s hospital to use nitrous oxide, a very quick-acting, inhaled sedation medicine that doesn’t cause a deep sleep, like with anesthesia. Once stopped, it wears off within a couple minutes, with no side effects.
- Use of propofol, another quick-recovery, low-complication medicine. Other regional pediatric hospitals use pentobarbital, a drug shown to have longer recovery times and more complications, especially with children.