When your child requires a procedure that needs sedation, your child's doctor will place the order for sedation.
For radiology procedures, you may schedule your child's appointment by calling 253-792-6220, option 3. The radiology scheduling office is open seven days a week, Monday to Friday from 7:30am to 8:30pm and Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 5:30pm. Please note that these hours may differ from the hours available for appointments.
For all other procedures — such as endoscopies, colonoscopies, Botox injection, EEG, and so on — the referring doctor’s office will schedule your child's appointment. Please call your child's doctor's office for information regarding the procedure, including its scheduled date and time.
One of our sedation nurses will call you 24-48 hours before your child's appointment using the phone number provided when the appointment was scheduled. You will be advised when and where to arrive. and the nurse will provide you with instructions regarding food and water intake prior to the procedure.
On the day of the appointment, please come to the indicated place. A sedation nurse will meet with you and your child and invite you in our sedation induction area. Our sedation team — a nurse, doctor and child life specialist — will meet you there. The steps of the procedure will be explained to you and your child, if age appropriate. You will be asked to sign a consent form that will allow us to sedate your child.
An intravenous (IV) catheter will be placed and the sedation protocol will be explained to you. You may wait in the induction area while your child falls asleep. After your child is completely sedated, we will transport them to the appropriate area for their procedure.
At the end of the procedure your child will be brought back to the induction area, where you may rejoin them. Your child will be attended to by the sedation nurse and monitored until they wake up.