Happy Wednesday!!! I have to admit, I have a love-hate relationship with the idea of Wednesday being “hump” day. On the one hand, I’m super excited that I’ve made it half-way through a week, on the other hand, I sometimes get tired thinking that I still have a few more days to go before the weekend… and the chance to sleep in!
Sleeping is definitely something that we all like doing, but here in the hospital, sleep is often seen as something a little scary, especially if we’re talking about taking a medicine to fall asleep. At the same time, there are some people who would rather be asleep for a procedure because the idea of being awake is scary. On top of all that, the medical staff need patients to be compliant during a procedure and a sleeping patient is sometimes more compliant than an awake patient, if you know what I mean. But at the same time medically-induced sleep definitely comes with many risk factors and presents challenges that can be averted if no medication is used.
I could go on and on, but the reality is that many different factors are at work when deciding if a patient needs sedation for a procedure. In my job at the children’s hospital I will often get called to assess if a patient can hold still without medication or if then need something to help them sleep during a procedure. Recently I wrote an article on how I make that assessment for the Society for Pediatric Sedation. For those of you who are more interested in learning more about child life, I highly recommend you check out this article: Child Life 101 – Assessment. It gives a great snapshot of one role that a child life specialist has on an interdisciplinary team.
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