August 2015
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Pediatric Healthcare Heroes

Do you know someone that goes above and beyond for children or has done something extraordinary for a child?  If so, please nominate that pediatric healthcare hero!  iEMSC will be taking nominations all year long for the amazing work that happens on behalf of children all over the State of Indiana. Please make your nomination today!  All nominations will be considered for the 2016 Healthcare Heroes Awards breakfast.  You can nominate your healthcare hero by completing this nomination form and then emailing it to Courtney VanJelgerhuis at

Pediatric Care Coordinator

Indiana EMSC is committed to providing support and technical consultation to organizations interested in developing a Pediatric Care Coordinator role. We are in the process of developing a quarterly newsletter designed specifically to support the role of Pediatric Care Coordination. Each edition will focus on specific, achievable and impactful areas for improvement.  To sign up for this newsletter, please contact  Courtney VanJelgerhuis, Indiana EMSC Program Manager.



This section or our newsletter is focused on highlighting information from the Pediatric Readiness Survey that our emergency departments participated in during 2014.  Results for Indiana, as well as nationally, demonstrate that there is a real need for us to improve our readiness to care for children.  The EMSC National Resource Center has created a Pediatric Readiness Toolkit to assist emergency departments with this process (download this toolkit by clicking on the checklist above).  Each month we will highlight different sections of the toolkit and strategies to improve our overall ability to care for children.

Pediatric Patient Safety

One area of improvement highlighted in the 2014 survey was the need for weighing and recording children in kilograms.  Performing this important safety initiative could reduce the number of medication dosing errors that occur due to the conversion from pounds to kilograms. The Pediatric Readiness Toolkit provides you will several tools and quick reference guides to help reduce these potential dosing errors.


Items included in the toolkit:

  • EBroselow System Information;
  • Pediatric Resuscitation and Emergency Medications - Excel Calculator;
  • Quick Reference Code Cards; and
  • Key Points on Medication Dosing Errors.
To access these tools please visit the Pediatric Readiness Toolkit by clicking here.



Back to school is here!  Its fun to pick out all the school supplies and the perfect backpack but be sure to discuss safety with your child as well!  Below are some tips to keep in mind to keep back to school a safe experience.

Pedestrian Safety!

According to , unintentional pedestrian injuries are the fifth leading cause of injury-related death in the United States for children ages 5 to 19. Teenagers are now at greatest risk. Teens have a death rate twice that of younger children and account for half of all child pedestrian deaths. 

Quick Tips:

  • Talk to your kids about how to be safe while walking. It's always best to walk on sidewalks or paths and cross at street corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
  • Teach kids at an early age to put down their devices and then look left, right and left again when crossing the street.
  • Children under 10 should cross the street with an adult. Every child is different, but developmentally, it can be hard for kids to judge speed and distance of cars until age 10.
  • Remind kids to make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street and to watch out for cars that are turning or backing up.
  • When driving,be especially alert in residential neighborhoods and school zones and be on the lookout for bikers, walkers or runners who may be distracted or may step into the street unexpectedly.

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School Bus Safety! 


Riding the school bus is a common way kids get to school but safety is still a concern on the school bus.  Remembering these important safety tips will help to keep the kids safe.


Quick Tips:

  • Walk with your kids to the bus stop and wait with them until it arrives. Tell kids to stand at least three giant steps back from the curb as the bus approaches and board the bus one at a time.
  • Teach kids to wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before getting off and never to walk behind the bus.
  • If your child needs to cross the street after exiting the bus, he or she should take five giant steps in front of the bus, make eye contact with the bus driver and cross when the driver indicates it's safe. Teach kids to look left, right and left again before crossing the street.
  • Instruct younger kids to use handrails when boarding or exiting the bus. Be careful of straps or drawstrings that could get caught in the door. If your children drop something, they should tell the bus driver and make sure the bus driver is able to see them before they pick it up.
  • Drivers should always follow the speed limit and slow down in school zones and near bus stops. Remember to stay alert and look for kids who may be trying to get to or from the school bus. 
  • Slow down and stop if you're driving near a school bus that is flashing yellow or red lights. This means the bus is either preparing to stop (yellow) or already stopped (red), and children are getting on or off.

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Car Safety! 


Watch out for the kids!  Every year children are seriously injured or killed in backover accidents.  Most backover accidents occur in the driveway! 

Quick Tips:
  • Teach children not to play in or around cars.
  • Supervise children carefully when in and around vehicles.
  • Always walk around your vehicle and check the area around it before backing up.
  • Be aware of small children-the smaller a child, the more likely it is you will not see them.
  • Teach children to move away from a vehicle when a driver gets in it or if the car is started.Have children in the area stand to the side of the driveway or sidewalk so you can see them as you are backing out of a driveway or parking space.
  • Make sure to look behind you while backing up slowly in case a child dashes behind your vehicle unexpectedly.
  • Roll down your windows while backing out of your driveway or parking space so that you'll be able to hear what is happening outside of your vehicle.
  • Teach your children to keep their toys and bikes out of the driveway.
  • Because kids can move unpredictably, you should actively check your mirrors while backing up.
  • Many cars are equipped with detection devices that provide rearview video or warning sounds, but they cannot completely take the place of actively walking around your car to make sure children are safely out of the way. Do not rely solely on these devices to detect what is behind your vehicle.



Upcoming Courses:
  • Free Pediatric Online Training

  • Start and Jump Start Courses by the MESH Coalition
    Simple Treatment and Rapid Triage (START), originally developed by the Newport Beach, California Fire Department, is a standardized and widely applicable triage methodology for first responders and healthcare providers to effectively and efficiently evaluate victims during a mass casualty incident (MCI). This course is designed to provide instruction on why START is important for hospital providers, how to perform START on adults, how to perform JumpSTART on pediatric patients and how to utilize the SMART triage tag system. Participants will have the opportunity to apply START to simulated victims in MCI scenarios. 
    Click here to register. 
  • Hospital Emergency Response Training (HERT) by the MESH Coalition
    This 8-hour Hospital Emergency Response Training (HERT) Home Training course, supported by the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) is designed to provide guidance to hospital staff and others who may be required to support the hospital response to an MCI involving contamination as a result of a natural, accidental or intentional incident.
    Click here to register.  
  • ICS/NIMS Courses by MESH
    The MESH ICS/NIMS course is designed to provide instruction on the Incident Command System (ICS), which is a standardized, and widely applicable management system designed to enable effective and efficient incident management by integrating a combination of resources within a common organizational structure. Course participants will learn how to identify the key concerns associated with the incident - often under urgent conditions - without sacrificing attention to any component of the command system. Participants will gain the knowledge and skills to obtain ICS-100 (Introduction to ICS) and ICS-700 (National Incident Management System (NIMS)) certification by successfully completing online examinations provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  Click here to register.
  • 2015 Healthy Homes & Childcare Conference
    Promoting a healthy environment for our children in an increasingly toxic world. There will be many exciting and informative sessions at the IKE 2015 Healthy Homes & Childcare Conference. The conference will be held October 28th and 29th at the Ivy Tech Corporate College & Culinary Conference Center at 2820 N. Meridian St. Indianapolis, IN 46208. The theme for the conference is Promoting a Healthy Environment for Our Children in an Increasingly Toxic World. For a draft agenda please click on the top button to the left.
     Click here for more information.


Contact Information:

Program Director:
Elizabeth Weinstein, M.D.

Program Manager:
Courtney VanJelgerhuis

3930 Georgetown Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46254
(317) 630-7888