The focus of this issue of the SPS News is on Quality, and in an attempt to lend structure to this President’s Message, I’ll provide an update on the happenings of the Society using the Six Domains of Healthcare Quality as a frame of reference.
In the realm of safety, SPS representatives were invited to review and comment on new guidelines to be published this fall by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), entitled Unscheduled Procedural Sedation: A Multidisciplinary Consensus Practice Guideline. We believe that our input strengthened safety recommendations in these guidelines from a pediatric perspective, and we were glad to be able to collaborate on this project.
In an effort to increase the efficiency in the delivery of our SPS Provider Course, the PC subcommittee has been working hard to convert much of the didactic learning into on-line modules, allowing for easier distribution of the course. The course update will also enable a shorter, more simulation-focused course day. We are on target to launch the new version of the course by May 2019 in Denver at our next Annual Meeting.
We are constantly seeking ways to make the SPS more effective for our membership, and to increase member-centered offerings. To that end, we are in the process of contracting with an agency known for its expertise in e-learning and communications. We hope to expand our reach with an updated and consistent brand, more effective use of social media, and better communication with members (both current and potential!).
On the equitable front, we continue to strive for a multidisciplinary approach to pediatric sedation. We are working to increase participation from dentists, nurses, and child life professionals. We also hope to increase our reach globally through the SPS Global Health subcommittee. This new group will focus on developing evidence-based sedation education, quality improvement, and training in international low and middle income country (LMIC) settings.
Finally, in the interest of timely communication with all of you, we’ve been doing some behind-the-scenes work to streamline the delivery of our weekly Sedation Communications and our quarterly SPS News. Going forward, the SPS News will be organized thematically around our annual meeting in the summer, and each of our mission-centric committees (Quality, Education, and Research) for the other seasons of the year. We are ALWAYS looking for content, so if you have pediatric sedation-related information to share with your fellow SPS members, let me know!
Enjoy your Autumn!