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Rady Children's Specialists

Sedation Program

The Sedation Program at Rady Children’s Hospital is designed to help reduce anxiety and fear for children who require tests or procedures.  Sedation involves the administering of medicine to help children stay calm and remain still while the test or procedure is being performed. Additional medicine may be administered if pain or discomfort is anticipated during the process.

Children in both the inpatient and outpatient setting who are undergoing certain diagnostic or therapeutic tests may be candidates for sedation.  These include tests such as hearing tests, echocardiogram, electroencephalogram (EEG) or PICC line placement.

Our Sedation team is comprised of doctors, nurse practitioners and nurses who collaborate to provide family-centered care – tailored to the specific needs of each child – before, during and after their procedure.



Rohit Rao, M.D., M.B.A., Medical Director, Acute Cardiac Unit and Pulmonary Hypertension Program; Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, UC San Diego

Nurse Practitioners

Nicole Digenan, M.S.N., R.N.,  CPNP-AC/PC

Tami Bolt Schmidt, M.S.N., A.P.R.N., CPNP

Jackie Pelletier, M.S.N., AC-CPNP, PC-CPNP

Amy Vegter, M.SN., A.P.R.N, FNP-BC

Outpatient Sedation

Susie Hohenberg, R.N.

Read the patient instructions for outpatient sedation:  English|Spanish