Sedation Center

Visiting Rainbow for a Procedure? Sedation Center Eases Your Child’s (and Your) Fears

No one likes to visit the hospital for a medical procedure. For a child, the worry and anxiety can be especially overwhelming, but experts at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital seek to ease preoperative jitters by offering safe and painless sedation services.

“If a child needs difficult or invasive tests or procedures and is worried or frightened, our specialists can make sure that child is comfortable before, during and after the procedure,” says Joyce Deptola, RN, clinical nurse manager at the Pediatric Sedation Center.

Team of Specialists

Located on the fourth floor of the hospital’s Bishop Wing, the newly renovated center houses state-of-the-art technology specifically designed for pediatric patients.

Prior to treatment, each child is assigned a “sedation team,” comprised of a board certified physician, a pediatric nurse and a child life specialist. The child life specialist works with families to explain all procedures thoroughly and help decrease anxiety levels.

“The sedation team helps children to become more relaxed and less anxious, so that the necessary medical interventions can be performed,” Deptola says.

Working With Families

Before and during treatment, each sedation team works closely with patients and family members. This helps to ensure an optimal experience while administering the minimum amount of medication necessary.

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