Paper focuses on optimizing procedural sedation in the emergency care of children

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (December 22, 2021) Two Mid-Atlantic Emergency Medical Associates (MEMA) practitioners have had their paper published in Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal (AENJ) on pediatric procedural sedation. AENJ, a peer-reviewed journal, reaches advanced practice clinicians, clinical nurse specialists, nurse practitioners, healthcare professionals, and clinical and academic educators in emergency nursing with content that contains evidence-based material that can be applied to daily practice.

Written by Kathleen “Kathy” Jordan, DNP, FNP-BC, ENP-C, FAEN, FAANP and Sara H. Steelman, MD, FAAP, FACEP, the paper, titled Safe and Effective Pediatric Procedural Sedation in the Emergency Department, presents an overview of pediatric analgesia, anxiolysis, and sedation to promote compassionate, evidence-based emergency care of children and optimize procedural performance and outcomes. The paper details the following findings:

  • A considerable increase in the number of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures performed in the emergency department (ED) setting over the past several decades. Most of these procedures are unscheduled, unplanned, and much more likely to be successful and result in a positive outcome when the child’s pain, fear, anxiety, and movement are controlled.
  • There has been a proportionate increase in the number of pediatric procedural sedations performed in the ED to promote patient quality and safety, increase the effectiveness and efficiency of care, and improve patient and caregiver satisfaction.
  • With proper education and skills verification, pediatric procedural sedation can be safely and efficaciously performed in the ED.

Safe and Effective Pediatric Procedural Sedation in the Emergency Department was also selected as a Continuing Medical Education (CME) opportunity for readers, who can answer questions about the paper’s content to receive continuing education credit. 

Jordan and Steelman have previously had papers published in The Journal of Forensic Nursing which was awarded the Clinical Article of the Year.

Jordan, who has been with MEMA for 23 years, also serves as the director of the MEMA APP Fellowship Program. She has published more than 27 manuscripts in professional peer-reviewed journals, edited two textbooks, published several textbook chapters, and delivered presentations multiple times at national meetings. She has also been an active contributor in attaining successful funding endeavors with the UNC Charlotte’s School of Nursing. Jordan was also inducted into the Academy of Emergency Nursing (FAEN) and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP) as a Fellow and in 2017 received the UNC Charlotte College of Health and Human Services Faculty Excellence Award for Clinical Teaching.  

Steelman has been with MEMA since 2002 and is the Medical Director at Novant’s Presbyterian Medical Center – Pediatric Emergency Department. Additionally, she serves on the MEMA Board of Directors. She is a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), the American Academy of Pediatrics and has been awarded Charlotte Magazine’s Top Doctor Award every year for over a decade. 

The published paper is available online, free to subscribers.