February 2016
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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 courtney.vanjelgerhuis@indianapolisems.org

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).  

Training and competency to provide quality care for a child is important for every staff member that could care for a child in the ED.  Below is a list of things to consider when determining if your staff are properly trained and ready to care for any child that may enter the emergency department:
  • Age-appropriate interactions and interventions with all ages of children
  • What assures that a physician is 'competent' to care for children in the ED?
  • What assures that a nurse is 'competent' to care for children in the ED?
  • Does your ED conduct baseline and periodic evaluations for all ED clinical staff, including physicians, nurses and mid-level practitioners to include pediatric  competency?
  • Are physicians required to perform a minimum number of pediatric sedations to maintain competency?
  • Are staff required to take part in periodic chart reviews of pediatric patients to assure consistency with evidence-based practice?
  • Do ancillary staff (RT, lab, x-ray, etc) have the necessary skills and comfort level to care for children?
  • Are all staff trained to provide services to children consistent with the services offered by the hospital overall?


Burn Awareness Week - Scald Injury Prevention
February 1-7, 2016 is Burn Awareness Week and the focus of this week is Scald Injury Prevention.  The American Burn Association National Scald Prevention Campaign has put together the www.flashsplash.org to help bring awareness to this important injury prevention.  According to American Burn Association " In 2013, an estimated 68,536 scald burn injuries associated with consumer household appliances and products (e.g. stoves, coffee makers, tableware, cookware, bathtubs, etc.) were seen in hospital emergency rooms in the U.S.; 15,588 (23%) of these occurred to children 4 years old and younger."

Important facts from the ABA:
  • Over 300 children are seen in the emergency rooms and 2 children die each day from burn injuries
  • 85 - 90% of scald burns are related to cooking/drinking/serving hot liquids.
  • An estimated 9 - 20% of cooking-related burn injuries occur to young children while pulling hot food/liquids from microwave ovens. 
  • An overwhelming 84% majority of scald burns occur in the home, compared to 73% for other types of burns.
  • Scald burns (from hot water, other liquids, and steam) comprise 34% of overall burn injuries admitted to U.S. burn centers. However, 62% of these occur to children less than 5 years old.
  • Between 2007 - 2013, the proportion of burn center admissions due to scald burns has continued to increase each year (from 29.8% to 33.7%).
Safety Tips
  • Set your water heater at 120 degrees F/48 degrees C or just below the medium setting.
  • Use a thermometer to test the water coming out of your bath water tap.
  • Run your hand through bath water to test for hot spots.
  • Use back burners and turn pot handles toward the back of the stove so children cannot pull them down.
  • Use oven mitts when cooking or handling hot food and drinks.
  • Stir and test food cooked in the microwave before serving. Open heated containers away from you from back to front.
  • Keep children away from the stove when cooking by using a safety gate for younger children and marking with tape a 3-foot "no-kid zone" for older children.
  • Keep hot drinks away from the edge of tables and counters and avoid using tablecloths and placemats.
  • Use a "travel mug" with a tight-fitting lid for all hot drinks.
  • Never hold or carry a child while you have a hot drink in your hand.

Information provided by: http://flashsplash.org/


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 that will take place in the summer of 2016.  
    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
  • 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 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