“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.
As the characteristics of best practice become clear, our next focus must be on asking what we can do as a Society to equip both our individual and institutional members to best implement this practice. Last fall the Society had a strategic planning summit in Atlanta where we were able to define the path forward. Much of our work was reorganized into what we might call the “mission” committees – Education, Research, and Quality & Safety. Each of these committees has been tasked with a clear set of priority action items, and metrics have been defined to measure our progress over time.
One theme that emerged from the summit was the need to equip our Platinum-level Institutional Members with the full complement of resources required to build and maintain a successful pediatric sedation program. This includes utilizing the PSRC both as a quality repository with benchmarking and also as a resource to advance the field through prospective data collection. We have partnered with the Ziergroup Nitrous oxide training program to offer access to online nitrous oxide training. We are revising the SPS Sedation Provider Course to make it more accessible, with the hope that our member institutions will utilize this course within their own program to meet their unique educational needs. We have been offering online CME for a number of years and we are planning to expand this program to include nursing CE. We continue to offer and update the Repository of Guidelines and sample policy & practice templates. Ultimately, as we continue to refine these products (and develop new ones), we are working toward creation of an institutional package of resources that will facilitate a Center of Excellence designation.
As we look to the future we are also looking at the needs of our individual members. Leaning on the mission of the Society, we hope to equip our individual members with the resources they need to “promote safe, high quality care, innovative research and quality professional education.” Existing resources like the SPS Annual Conference, the quarterly newsletter, or online CME provide a foundation. To complement these existing programs, we are working on an SPS pilot research grant program, SPS sponsored MOC activities, an SPS sedation provider handbook, and opportunities to submit educational proposals to the annual conference.
While the path forward is ambitious, we use the example of those that came before us as inspiration for what can be accomplished. Our task is quite clear, though, in that we “will strive to be the international multidisciplinary leader in the advancement of pediatric sedation.” This is an exciting time for the evolving profession of pediatric procedural sedation as well as our professional Society. Please reach out to me anytime if you are interested in getting involved in this exciting work or if you have any suggestions or ideas about how we might better accomplish our mission.