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The University of Chicago Medicine - Comer Children's Hospital

Pediatric Sedation and Procedure Service

Sedation service at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital is a very safe way to reduce fear and anxiety that patients may experience during procedures. Pediatric sedation is available in inpatient and outpatient settings. Sedation may be appropriate if your child needs diagnostic or therapeutic tests or treatments including:

  • MRI scans
  • CT scans
  • Interventional radiology procedures
  • Nuclear medicine testing
  • Endoscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Central line placement
  • Dialysis/pheresis catheter placement
  • Minor surgery
  • Peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC line) placement
  • Bone marrow aspiration/biopsy
  • Lumbar puncture
  • Liver or renal biopsy
  • Radiation oncology
  • Eye exams with laser therapy
  • Echocardiography


Our family-centered sedation services are tailored to meet your child's needs before, during and after his or her procedure.

Before Your Child's Procedure

We are proud to offer timely and efficient appointments, usually within three days of request. After you schedule an appointment, you will receive a personal phone call to complete sedation screening, answer questions and provide fasting instructions for your child. Before each procedure or sedation service, a multidisciplinary team works with the patient's family to determine the appropriate plan for the patient's sedation.

During Your Child's Procedure

During a procedure, critical care specialists can provide intravenous medications to maintain a level of sedation appropriate for your child’s test or treatment. The state-of-the-art monitoring capabilities at Comer Children's ensure that sedation is administered safely and effectively.

Each patient's multidisciplinary sedation team includes: a pediatric critical care physician, a nurse who specializes in intensive care and sedation, and a child life specialist who teaches and distracts patients using developmentally appropriate play. We also have readily available interpreter services.

After Your Child's Procedure

After your child's procedure, his or her medical team will provide direction about recovery. Patients can typically eat their favorite foods following recovery from sedation and return to normal activities within two to four hours of a procedure. Most children can attend school the next day.

Comer Children's will provide a radiology report within three business days of your child's procedure and a CD copy of your child's MRI upon request.

Society for Pediatric Sedation

Staffed exclusively by specialists in pediatric critical care medicine, Comer Children's pediatric sedation service is a Platinum Institutional Member of the Society for Pediatric Sedation (SPS), with access to the Pediatric Sedation Research Consortium. The SPS is an international leader in the advancement of pediatric sedation.