March 2017
Monthly Newsletter



ANNOUNCEMENTS
PORTAL NOW OPEN: STATE EMS FOR CHILDREN ASSESSMENT
iEMSC EMS assessment of new performance measures is now available.  The goal of this assessment is to understand the capabilities of EMS agencies in our state to treat ill or injured children, specifically in regards to the use of pediatric specific equipment and the coordination of pediatric care.  The assessment is conducted on a secure web-based system, is short, and should take about 5 to 10 minutes for completion.  Responses are confidential.  The portal will remain open until May 31, 2017.  

To complete the assessment, this should be done in coordination with your ED Nurse Manager or ED Director, go to www.pedsready.org, select your state, county, and hospital's name.  All hospitals with an emergency department that is open 24/7 may complete the assessment. 

2017 EMSC HERO AWARD ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS!
iEMSC will recognize Pediatric Heroes at Annual Breakfast and Award Program on May 17, 2017.  You can still nominate your healthcare hero by completing this   nomination form   and then emailing it to margo.knefelkamp@indianapolisems.org .  

FDA WARNING
Little Tikes 2-in-1 Snug'n Secure pink toddler swings. The swings have a pink T-shaped restraint in front with a Little Tikes logo. The swing is suspended by four yellow ropes.  The model number 615573 is molded on the back of the swing seat and there is a manufacturing date code stamp on the back of the seat. The molded INNER arrow of the date code stamp points to "10", "11", "12" or "13", it is included in the recall.  In addition, swings with a date code stamp of "9" on the INNER arrow combined with "43" or higher number stamped on the OUTER are included in this recall. No other date codes or other colored swings are affected. For more information please click here.


Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator Newsletter

The third edition of the Pediatric Care Coordinator Newsletter has been launched. This quarterly newsletter will focus on the pediatric care coordinator role and will highlight different tools and resources to help support this important position.  Please take a moment to view this quarter's newsletter and to forward it along to your colleagues.  If you would like to start receiving this newsletter please email margo.knefelkamp@indianapolisems.org.


PEDIATRIC ADVOCATE CORNER
BOOSTER BASH
   
Motor vehicle collisions are one of the leading causes of nonfatal injuries and fatal
deaths for persons ages 1 to 24 in the United States. When it comes to injury and death
due to motor vehicle collisions, the primary group affected are children ages 4-8. These
children tend to be in the booster seat age group and are either improperly restrained
or graduated to a seat belt too early. Parents are frequently unaware that their child still
does not fit in a seatbelt properly without the assistance of a booster seat. 

By hosting a  Booster Bash, volunteers and child passenger safety technicians provide much-needed  education to this group. The Children's Safety Network has found that belt-positioning
booster seats lower the risk of injury to children ages 4-8 by 45% compared to the use
of seat belts alone.

To host a Booster Bash or if you need additional information, please contact indianatrauma@isdh.in.gov.

SPECIAL INTEREST
STOP THE BLEED INDIANA

The 'Stop the Bleed' campaign was initiated by a federal interagency workgroup convened by the National Security Council Staff and launched by the White House in October 2015. The purpose of the campaign is to build national resilience by better preparing the public to save lives by raising awareness of basic actions to stop life threatening bleeding following everyday emergencies and man-made and natural disasters. Advances made by military medicine and research in hemorrhage control during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have informed the work of this initiative which exemplifies translation of knowledge back to the homeland to the benefit of the general public.

A presentation on March 29, 2017, 3-4 pm EST by Drs. Mary Fallat, Lenworth Jacobs and Rick Hunt on the Stop the Bleed program. All EMSC personnel are encouraged to see this webinar for important information. 

Objectives include: Following this activity, participants should be able to:
  1. describe the need for the Stop the Bleed Program,
  2. understand who should take the Bleeding Control course,
  3. describe how the average citizen can be prepared to help if the occasion arises,
  4. describe why the EMSC Community should be involved in teaching the Stop the Bleed Program, and 
  5. understand how to access the materials and learn how to teach the course
Registration will not be required for this webinar. The first 500 participants will be able to see the webinar live by logging on here.  https://hrsa.connectsolutions.com/emsccommunity/ . The audio conference is 888-989-7591 and Participant Code 3551924

For more information and scheduled trainings in Indiana, please contact Elizabeth Westfall, State Training Officer, Division of Preparedness and Training at Indiana Department of Homeland Security.  Email: EWestfall@dhs.in.gov

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EDUCATION AND  PEDIATRIC RELATED EVENTS

Upcoming Courses:
  • Indiana School Nurse Emergency Care Course.  Indiana EMSC and the Indiana Department of Education are pleased to announce the Indiana School Nurse Emergency Care course. This course is a hybrid course with an online portion to be completed prior to attending a one-day in-person training.  Online training modules include topics such as:
  • The School Nurse Role in Emergency Care
  • Legal Issues in Nursing
  • Assessment and Triage
  • Medical Emergencies
  • Abdominal and Genitourinary Emergencies
  • EENT and Dental Emergencies
  • Emergencies Involving Mental or Behavioral Health
  • School Emergency Response and Crisis Management
To register for this course, please click here.  In person training is April 24, 2017.
  • DOSE Train-the-Trainer sessions are being held in March throughout Indiana.  Direct On-Scene Education (DOSE) is an innovative program aimed at eliminating sleep-related infant death due to suffocation, strangulation or positional asphyxia by using first responders to identify and remove hazards while delivering education on scene during emergency and non-emergency runs. Space is limited, so register soon! To register, and for more information, contact Kelly Cunningham, kcunningham2@isdh.in.gov . The Indiana State Department of Health will be providing training manuals and program materials tailored to your community's needs.
  • 3rd Annual Injury Prevention (IPAC) Conference Making Connections: Community, Programs, and Progress. The third annual IPAC conference will be held on Monday, May 15, 2017 at the Conner Prairie Interactive History Park (13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers, IN 46038) in the Overlook Room in the Welcome Center. If you would like to receive notification when registration opens, please email: IndianaTrauma@isdh.in.gov
  • 4th Annual EMS Medical Directors' Conference, organized by the IN State Department of Health (ISDH), will be held at INACEP Conference hotel on Friday, April 28th, 2017.  Send questions to: indianatrauma@isdh.in.gov.
  • National Child Passenger Safety Certification. Child car seats reduce the risk of injury by 71% yet 73% of child restraints are used incorrectly and one-third of children are not using any type of restraint whatsoever. One way to help ensure that car restraints are being used correctly is to become a certified child passenger safety technician (CPST) through Safe Kids Worldwide ( http://cert.safekids.org/become-tech ). This is a four day course with three quizzes, three skills assessments and one car seat clinic. It is open to anyone who would like to become a technician. With the fee of $85 to sign up for the class, you are provided with a workbook that is essential to learning how to become a technician. Getting certified may be time-intensive but it is worth it when provided families the education they need to protect their child's future.  
  • FREE TRAINING - The Center for Global Health at the Colorado School of Public Health Online Pediatrics in Disasters Course
    Although a quarter of the world's population is under the age of five, 50 percent of the victims of man-made and natural disasters are children. Children are vulnerable in disasters for physiological, psychological and developmental reasons. Too often medical staff are ill-prepared for pediatric triage and emergency stabilization in terms of knowledge and experience, as well as equipment and supplies. The Pediatrics in Disaster training program trains health care providers to prioritize life-saving care for children in disasters. Because of the vulnerability of children and adolescents, pediatricians and other health professionals must ensure that local, regional and national disaster preparedness planning meets the specific needs of children and adolescents.  Click here to register.
Contact Information:

Program Director:
Elizabeth Weinstein, M.D.

Program Manager:
Margo Knefelkamp, M.B.A.

3930 Georgetown Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46254
margo.knefelkamp@indianapolisems.org
(317) 630-7742