June 2016
Monthly Newsletter

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Pediatric Healthcare Heroes

Thank you to everyone that attend the Pediatric Heroes Awards Breakfast on May 18, 2016. It was a great event and gave us all the chance to honor all the important work that is being done to keep kids safe in Indiana!  Please join us in congratulating our award winners:

  • Bryn Arnold
  • Linda Bailey
  • Drew Baldwin
  • Seth Bard
  • Mike Clark
  • Joseph Halfaker
  • Kyle Kirkman
  • Kristina Korobov
  • Michael Mitchell
  • Jonathan Myers
  • Mike Steele
  • Christian Van Hoozer


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 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 2017 Healthcare Heroes Awards breakfast.  You can nominate your healthcare hero by completing this nomination form and then emailing it to Margo Knefelkamp at margo.knefelkamp@indianapolisems.org
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Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator Newsletter

We are excited to announce that the first 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.


This section or our newsletter is focused on highlighting information from the Pediatric Readiness Survey emergency departments participated in during 2014.  Results for Indiana, as well as nationally, demonstrate that there is a real need for improvement to increase our readiness to care for children.  The EMSC National Resource Center created a Pediatric Readiness Toolkit to assist emergency departments with this process (download this toolkit by clicking on the checklist above).  

Inter Facility Transfer Took Kit 
The Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), the Society of Trauma Nurses (STN), and the Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) National Resource Center (NRC) put together the Inter Facility Transfer Took Kit for the Pediatric Patient.  This toolkit is designed to ensure when a health care facility identifies the need to transfer a critically ill or injured child that the facility has the information and resources it needs in order to ensure that the transfer is as safe as possible.  

The toolkit is made up of 10 sections:
  • Section 1 - Introduction to the Tool Kit
  • Section 2 - An Algorithm for Developing Inter Facility Transfer Processes -  the algorithm will serve as a guide to facilitate tool kit use in the development of inter facility transfer agreements and guidelines.
  • Section 3 - Standards and Regulation Considerations Associated with Inter Facility Transfer - includes important often complex concerns the provider may have in regards to the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), as well as Joint Commission considerations.  Addition-ally the user will find a table listing states with regulations requiring hospitals to have transfer processes in place for services that they cannot provide. 
  • Section 4 - Talking Points for Establishing Inter Facility Transfer Agreements- identifies important points for addressing the need for inter facility transfer agreement and guidelines as discussions occur with hospital leadership.
  • Section 5 - Inter Facility Transfer Agreements - contains examples of several types of agreements and a memorandum of understanding that the user can download and adapt for institutional use.
  • Section 6 - Inter Facility Transfer Guidelines - includes examples of hospital transfer guidelines, including: pediatric triage considerations, i.e. patients to be considered for possible transfer; preparation for transfer, i.e. consent to be signed; and a transfer checklist.
  • Section 7 - Family Considerations - provides numerous resources addressing cultural considerations and family-centered care.
  • Section 8 - Follow-up Communications and Quality Improvement Planning - addresses opportunities to improve and build upon organized transfer processes.
  • Section 9 - Inter Facility Case Presentations -presents two pediatric case scenarios reflective of the complexities associated with inter facility transfer.
  • Section 10 - Inter Facility Transfer Library -contains manuscripts and documents supporting organized transfer processes, as well as a glossary. 
The toolkit can be used in its entirety or you may choose to focus on certain sections in order to improve your already existing intra facility transfer protocols or procedures.

For more information or to download a copy of the toolkit in its entirety, click here.


National Safety Month

June is National Safety Month.  The National Safety Council has created a campaign with interactive tools that can be used throughout the month to highlight the importance of keeping each other safe. Below are a few of the safety tips that can be found in the free materials offered by the National Safety Council.  
  • To download this and other posters please click above
    Week 1: Stand Ready to Respond
    • Get trained in First Aid and CPR.
    • Keep emergency numbers nearby
    • Always watch children around the water
  • Week 3: Watch Out for Dangers
    • Secure your furniture to avoid tip-overs
    • Fall-proof the bathrooms of older adults
    • Pay attention to where you are walking
  • Week 4: Share the Roads Safely
    • Practice driving with teens, even after they get a license
    • As you age, learn how health conditions affect your driving
    • Focus on the road instead of distractions

Information provided by the National Safety Council.  To download other important materials please visit: www.nsc.org/act/events/pages/national-safety-month-free-materials.aspx?


Munchkin Recalls Latch Lightweight Pacifiers & Clips Due to Choking Hazard
Name of Product: Latch TM lightweight pacifiers and clips

Hazard: The clip cover can detach from the pacifier's clip, posing a choking hazard for young children.
Remedy: Replace: Consumers should immediately take the clip away from young children and contact Munchkin for a free replacement Lightweight Pacifier pack with two pacifiers or a full refund.

Consumer Contact: Munchkin toll-free at 877-242-3134 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or online at www.munchkin.com, click on Help at the bottom of the page and then Recalls for more information.

Description: This recall involves Munchkin's Latch lightweight pacifiers and clips sold as a set. The pacifiers were sold in five styles: designer, rattle and heartbeat clips with 0m+ natural shape pacifiers, and designer and rattle clips with 6m+ orthodontic pacifiers. The designer pacifiers and clips 0m+ and 6m+ are in three color patterns: blue and white strips, orange and with white polka dots and pink with white polka dots. The rattle pacifiers and clips 0m+ and 6m+ are green with beads in the pacifier cover to make a rattle sound and have a polka dot strap. The heartbeat pacifiers and clips have a red, heart-shaped pacifier cover and red and white polka dots on the strap.
Sold at: Babies R Us, Target, Wal-Mart and other mass merchandisers, juvenile product, baby boutique and discount stores nationwide and online at amazon.com, munchkin.com and other website from March 2014 through March 2016 for between $11 and $15. For more information, visit: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/recalls/2016/munchkin-recalls-latch-lightweight-pacifiers-and-clips/

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 July 8, 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
  • The 2016 PREP: EM - An Intensive Review and Update of Pediatric Emergency Medicine course , sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics and its Section on Emergency Medicine and the American College of Emergency Physicians, will take place August 6-10, 2016, in Chicago, IL. Registration is now open. Continuing medical education credits are available.  Click here for more information.
  • The Indiana Child Fatality Review Program is hosting a free training event for First Responders, Fire, Law Enforcement and EMS:  DOSE - DIRECT ON SCENE-EDUCATION is an innovative program to help eliminate 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.  Created by firefighter Captain James Carroll and NICU nurse Jennifer Combs in Broward County (FL), DOSE has been adopted as an initiative of emergency response agencies in Tennessee, New Jersey, Michigan and Louisiana, often in conjunction with the Cops & Cribs Program.  Over 1500 first responders have been trained and are beginning to see real impact in the lowering of the number of infant deaths in their jurisdictions.
  •   Why DOSETM?   In 2014, 14% of infant deaths in Indiana were due to Sudden Unexplained Infant Deaths or SUIDS.  This includes babies who die of SIDS or accidental suffocation in bed.  DOSE TM can put prevention in the hands of First Responders.  When Broward County Florida began the DOSE program, they had the highest SUID rate in the state.  Today, they are seeing less than one baby die per year! 
  • How Can My Department Get Involved?  The Indiana Child Fatality Review Program is pleased to be bringing Capt Carroll to the Indiana Emergency Response Conference (IERC) in August 2016.  He will be providing a keynote address at the conference, as well as conducting breakout sessions to guide learners in how to set up a DOSE program in their communities.  We will be providing the training materials to your department at NO COST to you or your department, as well as materials for you to provide to families receiving your Safe Sleep education and intervention.  This will include a book for the baby, a Sleep Sack, a pacifier and some educational materials.

        For more information please contact Gretchen Martin at  GMartin1@isdh.in.gov   or Kelly Cunningham at  kcunningham2@isdh.in.gov  
  • The Indiana Emergency Response Conference will be hosted at the Sheraton - Keystone at the Crossing in Indianapolis from August 24 - 27, 2016. The 2016 IERC theme is Preparedness: Past, Present, and Future. The early bird registration rates runs until June 30, 2016. To register, visit: www.indianaerc.com
  • Web Conference: Engaging Youth in Shaping Strategies and Solutions to Prevent Sexual and Domestic Violence - June 8 th
    Join Prevent Connect to discover innovative ways young people are driving prevention practice. We've moved from an era of youth leadership defined by token decisions to efforts where youth are defining the problem, their vision for the future, and the policy and practice solutions to sexual and domestic violence (SDV). The web conference will be held June 8 th from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. EST. The objectives of the web conference include:
    • Engage in a candid discussion about the opportunities and challenges of engaging young people in shaping SDV prevention strategies and solutions.
    • Share examples of work being done that moves beyond tokenizing young people toward supporting them to define the problem, their vision for the future and the policy and practice solutions.
    • Identify tools and resources to better support and build infrastructure for authentic youth engagement.

Contact Information:

Program Director:
Elizabeth Weinstein, M.D.

Program Manager:
Margo Knefelkamp

3930 Georgetown Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46254
(317) 630-7742