Pediatric sedation

Pediatr Clin North Am. 2014 Aug;61(4):703-17. doi: 10.1016/j.pcl.2014.05.003. Epub 2014 Jun 6.


Pediatric sedation is an evolving field performed by an extensive list of specialties. Well-defined sedation systems within pediatric facilities are paramount to providing consistent, safe sedation. Pediatric sedation providers should be trained in the principles and practice of sedation, which include patient selection, pre-sedation assessment to determine risks during sedation, selection of optimal sedation medication, monitoring requirements, and post-sedation care. Training, credentialing, and continuing sedation education must be incorporated into sedation systems to verify and monitor the practice of safe sedation. Pediatric hospitalists represent a group of providers with extensive pediatric knowledge and skills who can safely provide pediatric sedation.

Keywords: Credentialing; Monitoring; Patient selection; Pediatric; Pediatric hospitalist; Pre-sedation assessment; Risk assessment; Sedation.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Conscious Sedation / methods*
  • Delivery of Health Care / methods*
  • Delivery of Health Care / standards
  • Hospitalists
  • Hospitals, Pediatric
  • Humans
  • Hypnotics and Sedatives / administration & dosage*
  • Hypnotics and Sedatives / adverse effects
  • Hypnotics and Sedatives / therapeutic use
  • Monitoring, Physiologic
  • Patient Selection
  • Pediatrics / methods*
  • Physicians
  • Risk Assessment


  • Hypnotics and Sedatives