Italian Journal of Pediatrics (2020-05-01)

The development of a Consensus Conference on Pediatric Procedural Sedation in the Emergency Department in Italy: from here where to?

  • Idanna Sforzi,
  • Silvia Bressan,
  • Claudia Saffirio,
  • Salvatore De Masi,
  • Leonardo Bussolin,
  • Liviana Da Dalt,
  • Fabio De Iaco,
  • Itai Shavit,
  • Baruch Krauss,
  • Egidio Barbi,
  • on behalf of the Procedural Sedation Analgesia Consensus working group

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 46, no. 1
pp. 1 – 10


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Abstract Background In Italy, as in many European countries, Pediatric Emergency Medicine is not formally recognized as a pediatric subspecialty, hindering nation-wide adoption of standards of care, especially in the field of procedural sedation and analgesia (PSA) in the Emergency Department (ED). For this reason PSA in Italy is mostly neglected or performed very heterogeneously and by different providers, with no reference standard. We aimed to describe the procedures and results of the first multidisciplinary and multi-professional Consensus Conference in Italy on safe and effective pediatric PSA in Italian EDs. Methods The preparation, organization and conduct of the Consensus Conference, held in Florence in 2017, followed the recommended National methodological standards. Professionals from different specialties across the country were invited to participate. Results Overall 86 recommendations covering 8 themes (pre-sedation evaluation, pharmacologic agents, monitoring, equipment and discharge checklists, training, non-pharmacologic techniques, the adult ED setting, impact on hospitalizations) were developed, taking into account the Italian training system and healthcare organization characteristics. Conclusion The results of the first multidisciplinary and multi-professional Consensus Conference in Italy are meant to provide up-to-date national guidance to improve the standard of care of children undergoing painful and stressful procedures in the ED. The recommendations will be periodically updated as new relevant evidence is published.