Pediatric Sedation Unit

Pediatric Sedation Unit

The Pediatric Sedation Unit at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia provides inpatient and outpatient sedation for infants, children and adolescents. The Sedation Unit uses multiple methods to help children tolerate their procedures, including distraction, preparation, and teaching techniques followed by sedating medications.

Sedation is the use of a sedative or tranquilizing drug to help minimize your child’s fears and anxiety during a test or procedure. Sedation in combination with pain medication is also used to help children remain comfortable during painful procedures.

Our staff of highly trained pediatricians, nurse practitioners, nurses and child life specialists works very closely with the child and family to determine the most appropriate sedation plan.

Why does my child need sedation?

Many tests and procedures require that children hold still in a particular position for anywhere from a few minutes to several hours. Sedation not only ensures that your child remains calm and relaxed, but will assist us in assuring the best test possible.

Examples of tests and procedures that may require sedation include: magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT) scan, renal and bone scans, bone marrow aspirate and biopsies, lumbar punctures and dermatological procedures.

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