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FAQ for Providers

What risk factors do we need to know about?
It is important that we are aware of any medical conditions that may interfere with the procedure, such as sleep apnea, severe obesity, asthma, heavy snoring, complex congenital heart disease or chronic pulmonary disease. This knowledge helps us coordinate all the resources necessary for a safe procedure.

What happens if my patient is experiencing cold symptoms around the time of the scheduled procedure?
Please direct the family to call the sedation nurse at (256) 265-7705 for further assessment. Most often, if the child does not have fever, cough or wheezing, it is likely that the appointment will not be cancelled. However, the decision as to whether to go forward with sedation is dependent on many factors including:

  • The exact status of the child at the time of the procedure
  • The procedure to be performed
  • The duration of the procedure

Regardless of your findings, please do not definitively tell the family that their procedure will be done based on your examination.

Do you have restrictions on family presence?

  • We do request the patient be accompanied by no more than two parents, legal guardians or caregivers. We request that families avoid bringing siblings.

Do you provide families with the results of their test during their visit?

  • No. The results of all tests are sent to the referring physician. Results are often available within two to ten days, or longer if any special handling is required.

What are your NPO guidelines?

What are your admission criteria for infants and neonates after sedation?

  • Well babies: Patients who have a completely uneventful procedure and recovery may go home if more than 44 weeks past conceptual age. Babies under 44 weeks may need overnight admission depending on the sedation and recovery.
  • Former preemies (less than 36 weeks gestation at birth): Should be observed overnight if less than 58 weeks PCA
  • Non-preemies who have had apnea and bradycardia problems at any time in their life: Should be observed overnight
  • Any child with apnea and bradycardia in the past 12 weeks: Should be observed overnight
  • Siblings of SIDS babies: Should be observed overnight if less than 58 weeks PCA

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