Pediatric Sedation Support Team at Sacred Heart

Your child’s doctor may order an imaging study to help determine what is wrong with your child. Some scans, such as x-ray, are quick and easy. Others require your child lie very still for 30 minutes or more. These include:

  • CT (computed tomography)
  • MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)
  • VCUG (voiding cystourethrogram)

Most young children needing a scan of this type must be anesthetized (put to sleep) to get a successful scan. If your child needs anesthesia, Sacred Heart’s Pediatric Sedation Support Team works to make this experience as easy as possible for children and their parents. These team members are specially trained to care for children during and after anesthesia.

The Pediatric Sedation Support Team supports your child by:

  • Starting your child’s IV (intravenous) line. An IV line may be used to deliver medicine for anesthesia. It may also be used to deliver contrast medium (a substance used to increase the visibility of organs or tissues) used with some scans.
  • Working to assist the anesthesiologist as needed.
  • Providing bedside nursing care during post-anesthesia recovery. As soon as your child awakens, you may join him or her at the bedside until he or she is ready to go home.

Children requiring scans with anesthesia may be inpatients or outpatients. Members of the Pediatric Sedation Support Team help parents spend as much time as possible with their children. They may remain with their child until just before the start of the procedure and rejoin the child during recovery. Every step, from admission to discharge, takes place in the Imaging Department of Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend, conveniently located on the hospital’s ground floor.

Download a copy of our guidelines for children receiving general anesthesia.