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Pediatric Analgesia & Sedation Specialists, PLLC

Our Mission
Providing access to safe sedation for children undergoing tests and procedures

Our Vision
A specialty service that utilizes distraction, topical anesthetics, and/or medications to enable children to safely undergo the tests or procedures they need while minimizing; their anxieties, their need for being restrained, and/or their suffering of unnecessary pain and discomfort.

We Value 
Safe, effective and efficient sedation practice
Family centered care
Non-pharmacologic approaches to assist in achieving our mission
Highly skilled nursing and physician staff
Continual improvement in our practice
Teamwork to achieve what is best for our patients



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.


When is the PASS service available to my child? 

The service is available Monday through Friday for patients undergoing scheduled tests in the Radiology Department (especially CT and MRI scans that require children to remain still for extended periods of time), as well as for patients in other parts of the hospital such as the Hematology/Oncology Outpatient Clinic, the Neurology Laboratory and those patients undergoing radiation therapy. The service also is available for procedures for admitted patients and continues to grow to other areas of the hospital. If you are a healthcare provider who would like to schedule a patient ore learn more please click here.



Which areas of Children’s Hospital utilize the PASS on Pain services?


The Radiology Department utilizes the PASS service for areas including MRI, nuclear medicine testing, renal biopsy as well as some other tests.  The Hematology/ Oncology Department uses the PASS service for procedures such as bone marrow testing, spinal taps and others. PASS also provides services for the Neurology Laboratory and Cardiology and continues to expand. Any area of the hospital may use the service for the comfort of a patient, depending on the medical procedure or situation.  If you feel your patient or child can benefit from PASS, please feel free to discuss this with your child’s physician.