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American Red Cross: Pediatric Procedural Sedation

American Red Cross: Pediatric Procedural Sedation

Credit Hours: up to 4.75 | Adaptive Learning

With competency-based education, based on the most current evidence-based practices and incorporating patient safety and regulatory standards prior to, during and after moderate sedation administration, this course content focuses on developmentally appropriate sedation care of the pediatric patient, from infancy through adolescence. Highly specialized patient populations such as the premature and newborn are outside of the scope of this course.

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    Course Objectives

    • Identify indications for pediatric procedural sedation, as well as its adjuncts and alternatives.
    • Describe the pharmacokinetic properties of sedatives, analgesics, and reversal agents used in pediatric procedural sedation.
    • Summarize the key components of the sedation assessment and documentation prior to, during, and after pediatric sedation.
    • Integrate the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Physical Status classification system with the assessment of the pediatric patient prior to procedural sedation.
    • Distinguish how the level of pediatric sedation will determine the role of individuals within the healthcare team.
    • Interpret how the continuum of depth of sedation relates to the need for rescue interventions in the pediatric patient.
    • Relate the anatomic and physiologic differences of infants and small children to the risk for airway and ventilatory adverse events during procedural sedation.
    • Apply the Responsiveness, Airway, Breathing, Circulation (RABC) approach in pediatric patients to identify adverse events such as apnea and hypoventilation.
    • Choose the discharge criteria required for post-procedural pediatric sedation based on evidence-based practices.
    • Explain the handoff process, including its significance to improve communication within the healthcare team


    CME (Physicians): American Red Cross Training Services designates this enduring material for a maximum of 4.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.