How long has the PASS service been provided at Children’s Hospital?
In 2004 the sedation service was started by Dr. Connors and Children's Hospital. The vision was to offer greater safety and comfort to patients for medical procedures and tests while at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.
Similar to other sedation services around the country, PASS utilizes fellowship trained and board certified pediatric emergency physicians to provide the service. Pediatric emergency physicians have significant training in sedation and routinely provide this service to sick and injured patients in the Emergency Department. PASS allows these physicians to extend this service to other areas of the hospital. The PASS sedation specialists have performed thousands of sedation procedures since the beginning of the service and currently provide more than 90 percent of the sedation that occurs outside of the operating room at Children’s Hospital.
Our PASS team continues to visit sedation services in other areas of the country, attend national conferences on pediatric sedation and research protocols to ensure the service at Children’s Hospital performs sedation in the best manner for our patients.
PASS continues to seek to improve and provide the best sedation service in the country. PASS is a member of the Pediatric Sedation Research Consortium (PSRC), a national network of hospitals that share and analyze date related to sedation children. The purpose of the consortium is to allow all sedation providers across the country to improve their practice and increase safety for children receiving sedation. PASS reports sedation cases to the consortium, but data contains no personal identifiers.