The Hunstville Hospital Pediatric Sedation Program is a service designed to reduce the pain and stress associated with children's medical care. We bring together providers from several disciplines to apply the best technologies and our expertise to improve your child's medical experience.
We are committed to advancement of the medical and behavioral techniques used to help prepare and support children through their healthcare experience. While involved with the Sedation Program, you may be introduced to innovations in methods of pain and anxiety control.
New techniques include:
- Use of portable DVD players while waiting for or going through a test or procedure
- New ways to numb skin so that an IV placement is less painful
- New medicines that work quicker, have fewer side effects, and are out of the body faster
- Rapid-onset nasal-atomized medication
The philosophy behind the Sedation Program is based on the understanding that, while in the hospital, children experience any number of procedures that are either painful or stressful, such as the 2-year-old who needs an MRI, the 5-year-old cancer patient who undergoes a spinal tap, or the 10-year-old who endures a broken bone.
Sedation is helpful for these imaging procedures
- MRI - MRIs are long and loud, typically requiring higher doses of medication.
- CT scan - CT scans are short and quiet, typically requiring less medication.
- Nuclear medicine study - Nuclear medicine studies are long and quiet, and dosing depends on how much sleep your child had the previous night.
- VCUG - a short exam to view the urinary system that may be uncomfortable, typically requiring less medication.
- Ultrasound guided procedures
- CT scan guided procedures
- Interventional procedures
- Endoscopy procedures
- Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR)
For a more detailed description of the procedures above, visit our Imaging Services page.