The role of the SPS Research Committee and the Pediatric Sedation Research Consortium (PSRC), which it oversees, is evolving. The committee is working with the SPS leadership and representatives from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry to develop data gathering and analysis capability specific to dental sedation.
In addition, Daniel Tsze, MD is leading the effort to begin a prospective observational study of intranasal dexmedetomidine for non-painful procedures. Other projects include the formation of a new Survey Research Subcommittee, whose purpose is to support investigators interested in conducting survey research with members of the SPS and PSRC; and updating the Research page of the SPS website to serve as a comprehensive resource for the development, design, and execution of clinical studies that will improve and advance the practice of sedation for children.
“The Society for Pediatric Sedation® (SPS) will strive to be the international multidisciplinary leader in the advancement of pediatric sedation by promoting safe, high quality care, innovative research and quality professional education.”
This statement has always guided the work of the Society. As I look back over the past decade, it is truly amazing what the founding leaders of our Society were able to accomplish in such a short time. Sedation practice a decade ago was somewhat of a black box with wide variation from institution to institution. A common standard of care or “best practice” was generally relegated to the back seat, while personal opinion, bias, and political motivation seemed to be in the driver’s seat.
Our visionary founders were able to see that sedation did not belong to any one specialty or practitioner. They understood that progress in the field would best be enabled by breaking down artificial barriers through the formation of multidisciplinary and multispecialty collaborations. Out of these early collaborations came the Pediatric Sedation Research Consortium (PSRC), the SPS Annual Conference, and the SPS Sedation Provider Course. These three collaborations have helped to propel our mission forward, and to redefine sedation practice into something that is now largely evidence-based and from which a clear picture of “best practice” is starting to emerge.