March 2018
Monthly Newsletter


You may nominate someone that goes above and beyond for children, or has done something extraordinary for a child. I-EMSC would like to honor health care providers, public safety workers, and community leaders throughout the state who have had the opportunity to provide excellent care to children. Nominate your pediatric hero by completing  this   nomination form   and then emailing to    The 7th  Annual Breakfast and Award Program will be held on  EMSC Day Wednesday May 23, 2018.

I-EMSC UPDATES INDIANA STATE TRAUMA CARE COMMITTEE. On Friday February 16, 2018, I-EMSC Program Director, Dr. Elizabeth Weinstein, updated the ISTCC and attendees on the progress of Indiana's voluntary Pediatric Facility Recognition Program.  Beginning later this month, Indiana hospital emergency departments  may apply to be recognized as Pediatric Ready or Pediatric Advanced .  Specific questions can be sent via email to Program Manager, Margo Knefelkamp

ASPR's Technical resources, Assistance Center, and the Information Exchange (TRACIE) held its first webinar of 2018 on pediatric issues during disasters Tuesday February 13, 2018. You may access the recording here .  The purpose of this webinar is to learn how to identify and incorporate pediatric special considerations into preparedness, mitigation, response, recovery, and resilience-building plans and actions.  

The physician or nurse Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator (PECCs) play an important role in readiness of Emergency Departments.  The Indiana Chapter of The Emergency Nurses Association and I-EMSC continues to identify Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinators. These individuals focus on ensuring children are effectively cared for in the emergency department.  If you wish to become involved or have additional questions, please contact

This newsletter focuses on the Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator (PECC) 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 .

What is the difference? 

Performance Measure EMSC 06 - I nterfacility Transfer Guidelines:  Hospital-to-hospital, including out of State/Territory, guidelines that outline procedural and administrative policies for transferring critically ill patients to facilities that provide specialized pediatric care, or pediatric services not available at the referring facility. Inter-facility guidelines do not have to specify transfers of pediatric patients only. A guideline that applies to all patients or patients of all ages would suffice, as long as it is not written only for adults.

Performance Measure EMSC 07 -  Transfer Agreements : Written contracts between a referring facility (e.g., community hospital) and a specialized pediatric center or facility with a higher level of care and the appropriate resources to provide needed care required by the child. The agreements must formalize arrangements for consultation and transport of a pediatric patient to the higher-level care facility. Inter-facility agreements do not have to specify transfers of pediatric patients only. An agreement that applies to all patients or patients of all ages would suffice, as long as it is not written ONLY for adults.

I-EMSC will begin data collection in April for Performance Measure EMSC 06 & 07.  This assessment will consist of 16 total questions and we estimate that it will take Emergency Department Manager less than 10 minutes to complete.  If your hospital has completed the National Pediatric Readiness Assessment in 2015 or current, or if your hospital is participating in the Pediatric Readiness Quality Collaborative (PRQC), your hospital will not be asked to complete this assessment.  

Have a question?  Please send to Program Manager, Margo Knefelkamp via email
The National Poison Prevention week raises awareness of poison prevention nationwide during the third full week of March every year.  The week is an opportunity to highlight the dangers of poisonings for people of all ages. 

What Does a Poison Center Do?

Every day of the year, 24 hours a day, the nation's 55 poison centers help with poisoning emergencies and provide information to help prevent poisonings. Specially trained poison experts at these centers - nurses, pharmacists, and doctors - can be reached by calling the toll-free Poison Help line (1-800-222-1222), which connects you to your local poison center.

Poison centers provide:
  • Help with a poisoning emergency, which can often be solved over the phone rather than calling 911 or visiting the emergency room
  • Advice to health care professionals and the general public
  • Poison prevention and treatment educational materials, including information on National Poison Prevention Week 
  • Real-time data collection that aids in detecting public health emergencies
  • Free and confidential help, with interpretation services available in 161 languages. Service is available throughout the entire United States and many territories.
If you think someone's been poisoned, call the Indiana Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 immediately. Take the container with you when you call so you can answer questions about what happened. The Poison Information Specialist who answers the phone will ask you some questions: 

* What happened? 
* When did it happen? 
* Is the person having any symptoms? 
* How old is the person? 
If the person is a child - how much does he or she weigh?
* Is the person normally healthy - are there any health problems the specialist should know about?
* What is the name of the product? 
* How much is missing? 
* What are the active ingredients in the product (listed on the label)? 
* What is a number that can be used to call you back (to check in and make sure everything is okay)? 

For more information about the Indiana Poison Center can be accessed here

Information Provided by Poison Help


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
In person training to be held Spring 2018.

  • The Child Fatality Review & Prevention Conference.  
    Monday, April 9th, 2018 at the Indianapolis Marriott North Hotel. 3645 River Crossing Parkway Indianapolis, IN 46240. You may register here

  • 5th Annual EMS Medical Directors' Conference. Friday April 27, 2018, 8am-5pm.  Ritz Charles 12156 N. Meridian Street, Carmel, IN 46032.  For more information contact
  • Child Passenger Safety Technician Scholarship Program: The Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) Scholarship Program, sponsored through the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), Division of Trauma and Injury Prevention, is dedicated to preventing injuries and trauma throughout Indiana. Through the Maternal Child and Health Services (TITLE 5) grant, recipients can be reimbursed up to $250 for participating in a training course to become a CPST. The CPST Scholarship Program funds must be used towards any fees related to the training class, including: the cost of the class; travel; lodging; parking services; or any equipment needed in order to attend the class. For more information about this program, please contact Preston Harness, Injury Prevention Program Coordinator for ISDH. Click here for more information.
  • 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
(317) 630-7742