Starting with this edition, the SPS News will have a fresh and updated format featuring a topic focus for each edition. We’ll be including more in-depth content as well as a number of new review articles and interviews. And, we will be resuming the quarterly publication schedule, providing you with more news more often.
This fall issue of the newsletter will focus on quality. This edition will feature summaries of current quality committee projects, including the Center of Excellence designation process, sedation risk assessment and pre-screening, development of scoring tools and benchmarks, and other quality and safety programs. Our content articles will focus on clinically related quality topics, including improving sedation safety and effectiveness, tracking and streamlining program efficiency and timeliness, positively impacting patient and family experience and the equity of our care, new regulatory and organizational guidelines and what they mean for our practice, and etc. The Cautionary Tales segment will continue to share sedation-related mishaps, controversies, and FYIs in our day-to-day practice. And, we’ll feature an interview with one of our Center of Excellence institutions to highlight their program’s activities and quality initiatives.
Research will be the focus of our spring edition of the SPS News. Our PSRC and research committee leadership will brief us on their current and upcoming projects. We’ll have articles on tips for incorporating sedation research into your clinical practice, finding funding sources, successful proposal and grant writing, survey creation and good survey practices, and other research-related topics. We’ll feature literature reviews on hot-off-the-press sedation research publications. We’ll also highlight a sedation researcher from our SPS membership.
Our summer edition will be all about the society as a whole, our membership, and our annual conference recap. We’ll provide summaries of the conference plenary sessions as well as the year’s awards and recognitions as celebrated at the meeting. Our goal is to include photos from the conference as well, so please plan to help us out with that! This issue of the newsletter will also feature an annual “state of the SPS” letter from our society president as well as a “where are we headed next?” piece from our president-elect. Our membership committee will summarize current individual and institutional member information, and our nursing and allied health committee will update us on ongoing activities more specific to our nursing, child life, and associated members.
In the winter, we will focus specifically on education. We’ll have updates on the education committee’s current projects, including the SPS Sedation Provider Course, online education, our annual conference, and other activities. There will be in-depth articles from our education committee experts on teaching opportunities in pediatric procedural sedation, incorporating simulation and online education into your clinical practice, educating the next generation of sedation clinicians, ways to engage patients and families in sedation education opportunities, and other related topics. We’ll include literature reviews related to sedation education theory and activities. Finally, we’ll feature an interview with a sedation education expert, reviewing their thoughts and recommendations for teaching others the practice and value of pediatric sedation.
With the new format, we’re very excited to welcome Carmen Sulton as our SPS News associate editor!!! Carmen is a pediatric emergency medicine physician from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. She has authored many of our outstanding SPS News literature reviews and will continue to coordinate these reviews moving forward. She will also work closely with the research committee to organize content for that issue of the newsletter.
We are always looking for new contributors for SPS News content, either for single articles or for ongoing involvement. Please let us know if you’d be interested in participating or if you have ideas and suggestions for the newsletter at firstname.lastname@example.org.