Trends in outpatient procedural sedation from 2007–2018
Emory Department of Pediatrics faculty Pradip P. Kamat, Courtney E. McCracken, Harold K. Simon and other researchers looked into trends in outpatient procedural sedation from 2007 to 2018. Pediatric subspecialists routinely provide procedural sedation outside the operating room.
The study aimed to identify significant trends in outpatient procedural sedation using the Pediatric Sedation Research Consortium. The researchers found an increase in pediatric hospitalists providing sedation and a significant decrease in the use of chloral hydrate and pentobarbital by providers. Further studies are required to see if sedation services decrease costs and optimize resource use.