The committee continues to work with the SPS leadership and representatives from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry to develop data gathering and analysis capability specific to dental sedation. This will be the first of many such efforts to gain involvement from dentists in the PSRC.
With the leadership of AAPD Board members, Jason Reynolds, MD and Dartmouth Bioinformatics data specialists, a trial version of the data tool has been developed and is ready for Beta Testing. John Unkel, MD, MPA, DDS has agreed to serve as a liaison between the AAPD, the Research Committee, and the SPS Board of Directors to help keep the project on track. Primary goals:
- Completion of IRB applications at six pilot institution sites by December 31, 2017
- Data collection to begin Jan. 1, 2018
- First quarter data reports generated by April 30, 2018
- Presentation of pilot project at SPS annual meeting in May
- Presentation of pilot project at AAPD annual meeting in June
- Expansion of programs entering data July 1, 2018
Pediatric Sedation Research Consortium
New centers join the consortium on a regular basis. If your institution is not currently a part of the PSRC, please have them join SPS as an Institutional Member.
Data Analysis continues with a project looking at the incidence and nature of anaphylaxis during sedation. This effort is being led by Dr. Jim Hertzog.
The committee continues to work on coming up with a standard report for centers that goes into more detail on the level of desaturation that occurs during sedation encounters. A report of the degree of desaturation that occurred rather than simply that desaturation occurred will be included.
Dr. Tsze continues to work on the intranasal dexmedetomidine multicenter observational trial. This study has given PSRC sites the opportunity to collaborate with other institutions. IRB approvals from prospective centers are pending, and a novel data collection tool specific for real-time sedation outcomes is under development. Testing of the data collection tool and patient enrollment is anticipated to begin in the coming months.
A Survey Research Subcommittee has been formed, with the goal to formulate a structured process for supporting investigators who are interested in conducting survey research with members of the SPS. The subcommittee is currently working on a submission template, review & support process, and research resources to assist prospective investigators.
Research Section on SPS Website
The SPS Research Committee has been working to provide new features to the Research section of the website, including:
- A newly organized repository of PSRC articles
- A research incubator
- Study design resources
- Funding resources
- Active studies
- Survey research resources
The committee’s goal is to create a comprehensive bank of resources that encompasses the necessary steps for designing, funding, and executing robust and meaningful clinical studies that will improve and advance the provision of sedation care for children. We hope that this will both serve as a useful resource for SPS members, as well as an opportunity to further enhance the presence of the SPS/PSRC in the global field of pediatric sedation research.