December 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).  

National Pediatric Readiness Webinars:

Don't miss out on these opportunities to learn more about pediatric readiness.

EMSC Program hosted the webinar National Pediatric Readiness Project:  Preparing the Emergency Department to Provide Psychosocial Support to Children and Families in A Disaster.

A recently published clinical report to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) noted that disasters affect the lives of millions of children every year and that children, as a group, are at an increased risk for psychosocial trauma and behavioral difficulties after a disaster. In 2013, the AAP, the American College of Emergency Physicians, the Emergency Nurses Association, and the EMSC Program collaborated jointly on a quality improvement initiative, the National Pediatric Readiness Project. The project initiated an assessment of more than 5,000 U.S. emergency departments (ED) and more than 4,100 facilities responded (83%). Results illustrated that less than half of all U.S. hospitals reported having written disaster plans addressing issues specific to the care of children.

In response to the Pediatric Readiness Assessment, a multidisciplinary workgroup was convened to create the Checklist of Essential Domains and Considerations for Every Hospital's Disaster Preparedness Policies. Behavioral health was included as one of the 10 essential domains. This webinar discussed short- and long-term effects of disaster on the psychological functioning, emotional adjustment, health, and developmental trajectory of children; identified key elements in the behavioral health domain essential to the provision of psychosocial support to children and families in the aftermath of disaster; and described practical ways to incorporate behavior health policies and practices into disaster plans and embed them into everyday practice. Those planning to watch this archived webinar may find it helpful to review the Checklist. Users can download one of two versions of the Checklist: an electronic interactive pdf    and a  static, printable pdf .

The content for this webinar was appropriate for ED directors, ED physicians and nurses, disaster management specialists, community disaster planners, health care planners, hospital administrators, clinical managers, trauma program coordinators and managers, state EMSC Program managers, EMS providers, family members, as well as others interested in improving pediatric emergency care.

At the request of those who attended the live webinar, the EMSC NRC is making available a  downloadable pdf version  of the PowerPoint slides used by speakers during the webinar.  

In 2013, more than 4,100 hospitals participated in an assessment as part of the National Pediatric Readiness Project, a multi-phase quality improvement initiative to ensure that U.S. emergency departments (ED) have the essential guidelines and resources in place to provide effective emergency care to children. Analysis of assessment data validated that having pediatric emergency care coordinators (PECC) in EDs increased the likelihood of emergency department readiness for children.

This webinar shared data supporting the need for PECCs , as well as strategies employed to identify and assure availability of PECCs in the EDs of a large hospital system. Finally, a physician and nurse PECC discussed challenges encountered and opportunities to improve pediatric readiness in their ED. Presenters include, Marianne Gausche-Hill MD, primary investigator and leader of the National Pediatric Readiness Project; Susan Cadwell, MSN, RN, NE-BC, director, ED Initiative Clinical Services Group, Health Care Corporation of America; Leslie Flament MS, RN, clinician IV pediatric quality coordinator, Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital; and Dale Woolridge, MD, PhD, professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Arizona.

The content for this webinar is appropriate for ED directors, ED physicians and nurses, hospital administrators, state EMSC Program managers, EMS providers, state health department and hospital regulators, health care planners, family members, trauma program coordinators and managers, and others interested in improving pediatric emergency care.

Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Program hosted the webinar Pediatric Readiness Data:
An Opportunity to Improve Quality of Care in Your Emergency Department.

This program defined quality improvement, highlighted key components of the quality improvement process, and discussed how to apply essential quality improvement methodologies to improve pediatric emergency care using the National Pediatric Readiness data. Specifically, Charles Macias, MD, MPH, and Kate Remick, MD, discussed the importance of quality improvement in pediatric emergency care, a key quality improvement framework, and potential for quality improvement projects using the National Pediatric Readiness data. Evelyn Lyons, RN, MPH, illustrated the real life application of quality improvement in pediatric emergency care.

This educational event was planned with hospital emergency department (ED) Pediatric Readiness respondents in mind. Content was appropriate for all ED leaders, including ED medical directors, managers, education specialists, quality improvement coordinators, as well as hospital leadership, quality improvement department staff, EMSC program managers, and state departments of health/hospital regulatory staff.

More than 300 individuals participated in the live webinar.  Content from this event has been converted into an on-demand online learning module with accompanying continuing education credits.  Click on the link above to access the training.


Winter Fire Safety
It is that time of year again, where we love to be inside with a fire and our holiday decorations are glowing.  What we don't want to think about is that these decorations could cause a fire if we don't follow safety precautions.  According to the National Fire Protection Association ("NFPA") December, January and February are the leading months for US home fires.

NFPA reports that:
  • Electrical distribution or lighting equipment was involved in 38% of home Christmas tree fires
  • One-fifth (20%) of the decoration fires started in the kitchen. One out of six (17%) started in the living room, family room or den. 
  • The top three days for home candle fires were Christmas, New Year's Day, and Christmas Eve
Following these precuations can help prevent holiday fires:
  • Be careful with holiday decorations. 
  • Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant. 
  • Keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn. 
  • Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both. 
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. 
  • Read manufacturer's instructions for number of light strands to connect. 
  • Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so the cords do not get damaged. 
  • Keep decorations away from windows and doors.
For more information on winter fire prevention, please visit the  NFPA website.  Spread the word by downloading these information sheets.




Upcoming Courses:
  • Training: ATV Safety Train the Trainer Workshop - December 2nd & 3rd
    A free ATV Safety train the trainer workshop will be held on December 2-3 at the 4H Fairgrounds at New Harmony, IN.  Mike Klumpp, nationally known trainer from Oklahoma State University will presenting. Through the train-the-trainer method, involved adult participants will learn ATV safety principles utilizing the 4-H ATV Safety Leader's Guide educational activities and the Arkansas Children's Hospital "A Trip Unplanned" ATV Safety Tool Kit. See attached document for more information.
  • 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 ( ). 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 Pediatric Online Training
  • 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:
Courtney VanJelgerhuis

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