As demonstrated by our mission statement, the SPS has focused on high quality care and quality improvement since our inception. Although the SPS is not an American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) Portfolio Sponsor, we are offering a new member benefit to assist you in obtaining needed Part 4 Quality Improvement credit for Maintenance of Certification (MOC).
We can help you in one of two ways:
Refer to our reference list of sedation-related MOC projects which have received ABP credit in the past. You as an individual, or with a group of colleagues, are welcome to replicate these projects (titles, aims, measures included) in your own setting to acquire your own data. Your group would need to fulfill the Project Requirements as specified by the ABP.
Projects with a History of Successful Completion for 25 ABP Part 4 Credits
Access to SPS members only, if not a member join here.
- Reducing pain and anxiety in infants and children prior to voiding cystourethrogram (VCUG) utilizing a standardized sedation protocol
- Improving the utilization of topical anesthetics prior to peripheral intravenous catheter (PIVC) placement in patients receiving procedural sedation
- Impact of a high value care model using intranasal Dexmedetomidine for Auditory Brainstem Response testing
- Improving Documentation of Covid19 Status in Pediatric Procedural Sedation
Current Group Pathway
Work with SPS members from other institutions to complete a sedation-related MOC part 4 project. The SPS MOC subcommittee will serve as a Project Sponsor clearinghouse, and approximately annually the subcommittee will choose a project, solicit participants from the interest list, identify a project leader, and facilitate the completion of the project. All physicians involved in the project should be SPS members, and as a member benefit, the SPS will cover the ABP application fee for this project (currently $75 for <10 physicians, $250 for >10 physicians, per project). If you are interested in participating, click here to send an email to the MOC Subcommittee chair.
Have a great idea for a project? Want to add your name to the list of potential project members (no obligation to participate)? Click here to contact the MOC Subcommittee Chair.
Current Project Underway
What problem (gap in quality) does the current project address?
As the demand for pediatric procedural sedation has increased, our sedation centers are focusing on improving the quality of care utilizing the Institute of Medicine’s six aims as a framework. One of these aims is to improve patient/family centered care. This aim includes ensuring that anxiety and pain are adequately addressed. Children who receive procedural sedation for diagnostic and therapeutic procedures often require placement of a peripheral intravenous catheter (PIVC) for medications. Utilization of pain free strategies such as topical anesthetics, vapo-coolant spray, nitrous usage, intranasal and oral anxiolytic and analgesic administration, child life/distraction etc have been shown to decrease the discomfort and anxiety associated with PIVC placement. However there is considerable variability in both the utilization and the documentation of usage of these strategies in various institutions that provide sedation.
Our project goal is to improve the documentation and utilization of any of the above mentioned pain free strategies either exclusively or in combination (topical anesthetics, vapo-coolant spray, intranasal and/or oral anxiolytics and analgesics, nitrous) prior to PIVC insertion in “eligible” procedural sedation patients to greater than 95% of all sedation encounters.
Interested members should contact us before September 1st. Members will be enrolled on a first come, first served basis with a maximum participant enrollment of 20 per project.
Sue Kost, MD – MOC Subcommittee Chair
Urmila Tirodker, MD – Project Leader