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KCH's Pediatric Sedation Unit and Leaders Recognized for Excellence in Pediatric Care

The Circle of Blue Pediatric Sedation and Procedure Unit Lobby
The Circle of Blue Pediatric Sedation and Procedure Unit opened in April 2018 at the Kentucky Children's Hospital

LEXINGTON, KY (June 15, 2018) - Kentucky Children's Hospital (KCH) was recognized by the Society of Pediatric Sedation (SPS) as a Center of Excellence in Pediatric Sedation. KCH is one of six children's hospitals in the country that meets or exceeds the standards of care outlined by the SPS.

In addition to the recognition given to KCH's Circle of Blue Pediatric Sedation and Procedure Unit, Dr. Cheri Landers, quality and safety director for the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and Medical Director for the Circle of Blue Sedation Unit, received the Joseph P. Cravero MD Leadership Award from SPS for her work in pediatric sedation. She is a member of the Society for Critical Care Medicine, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Society for Pediatric Sedation. Dr. Landers also serves on the Board of the Society for Pediatric Sedation and chairs their Quality and Safety committee. Given annually to one healthcare provider, the Joseph P. Cravero MD Leadership Award recognizes leaders who further the field of pediatric sedation in research, education and health policy.

“It is a great honor to have Dr. Landers and the team in the Circle of Blue Sedation Unit at KCH recognized for their work by the SPS,” said Dr. Scottie B. Day, interim chair of the department of pediatrics and physician in chief at Kentucky Children’s Hospital. “Keeping our young patients safe and comfortable during their procedures is paramount to their treatment and recovery. I am proud to work alongside a team that is dedicated and committed to providing the highest level of quality care.”

In the Circle of Blue Sedation and Procedure Unit, pediatric patients are prepared for outpatient procedures such as antibiotic therapy, the administration of gastrointestinal and rheumatology medication and chemotherapy. Patients can be sedated to keep them comfortable and calm during their procedures, and they are carefully monitored through the procedure and recovery.

The Society for Pediatric Sedation is a resource for hospitals to promote safe, high-quality care, to advance the practice of pediatric sedation through published guidelines and establish an environment for the delivery of safe, effective, efficient, timely and equitable patient-centered pediatric procedural sedation.