May 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 2017 Healthcare Heroes Awards breakfast.  You can nominate your healthcare hero by completing this nomination form and then emailing it to Courtney VanJelgerhuis at


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).  

Pediatric Disaster Preparedness Toolbox

The Emergency Medical Services for Children's National Resource Center has many important toolkits to help healthcare facilities become better equipped to handle pediatric patients.  One of these toolkits is dedicated to preparing for children in a disaster.  Children are one of the most vulnerable populations when it comes to surviving a disaster.  Their unique needs require special equipment, training and guidelines to ensure the best possible outcome.  This toolkit contains helpful tools and resources that can be used to help develop your pediatric disaster plan. 

One tool in this toolkit is Checklist of Essential Pediatric Domains and Considerations for Every Hospital's Disaster Preparedness Policies. "This tool was designed to complement and augment existing disaster resources, both pediatric-specific and general, rather than to serve solely as a stand-alone document. Users may find the entire checklist useful or may focus on specific domains, depending on their unique needs and resources. The relative importance assigned to any given consideration is unique to each facility based on their specific risk assessments."

Some examples of checklists included in this tool are:
  • Staff coordinator to champion pediatric disaster coordination and response - roles and responsibilities (this section focuses on the role of the Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator plays in disaster planning)
  • Partnership building to facilitate surge capacity  
  • Essential resources necessary for building pediatric surge capacity
  • Triage, infection control, and decontamination
  • Family tracking, security, support and reunification
  • Legal/ethical issues
  • Behavioral health
  • Children with special health care needs
  • Staffing, exercises, drills and training and
  • Recovery and resiliency
For more information or to download this tool please click here.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has created a public awareness campaign in order to "reduce child drownings, non-fatal submersions and entrapments in public swimming pools and spas".  Whether in a public or private pool, following the important safety tips set out in the "Pool Safely" campaign can save lives:

Stay Close, Be Alert and Watch Always 
  • Watch your children and never leave them unattended 
  • Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings 
  • Have a phone close by at all times 
  • If a child is missing, check the pool first Share safety instructions with family, friends and neighbors 
Learn and Practice Water Safety Skills  
  • Learn to swim; it's fun and good exercise 
  • Know how to perform CPR on children and adults 
  • Understand the basics of life saving so that you can assist in a pool emergency 
Have the Appropriate Equipment 
  • Install a fence around the perimeter of the pool and spa of at least four feet in height 
  • Use self-closing and self-latching gates 
  • Ensure the pools and spas you use have compliant drain covers Install a door alarm from the house to the pool area 
  • Maintain pool and spa covers in working order 
  • Have life-saving equipment such as life rings or reaching poles available for use
The CPSC has also created a Pool Safely Toolkit which can be downloaded and used by everyone.  Take a few minutes to review this information and forward it on anyone your coworkers, neighbors and community pools.  Click here to download the toolkit.

For more life saving tips and access to additional awareness campaigns and resources please visit:


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 ( ). 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 conference is a call to action for attendees to apply innovative and evidence-based strategies to injury prevention programming to prevent injury morbidity and mortality in Indiana. The main objectives of this conference are to provide a forum for Indiana's injury prevention workforce to foster collaboration and communication and to facilitate the development and sharing of ideas for injury prevention planning, evaluation, education, research, and other related initiatives.
Who Should Participate?
  • injury prevention coordinators and specialists
  • program managers
  • health educators at hospitals and trauma centers
  • injury researchers
  • injury specialists at other organizations, and
  • first responders (EMS and fire)
  • 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   or Kelly Cunningham at  


Contact Information:

Program Director:
Elizabeth Weinstein, M.D.

Program Manager:
Courtney VanJelgerhuis

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