November 2015
Monthly Newsletter

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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.

Indiana School Nurse Emergency Care Course

Indiana EMSC and the Indiana Department of Education are pleased to announce that the first ever Indiana School Nurse Emergency Care course was held on September 29, 2015.  This pilot course was attended by over 40 school nurses from all over the state of Indiana.  This course is a hybrid course with an online portion to be completed prior to attending the one-day in-person training.  This course received positive feedback for the attendees and going forward will be held at least 1-2 times per year.

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
In-person training modules include the following topics:
  • Respiratory Emergencies
  • Environmental Emergencies
  • Neurological Emergencies
  • Trauma and Musculo-Skeletal Emergencies
  • START/JumpSTART Training/MCI

For more information or if you want to be a part of the next course, please view the attached document:  Directions to Access School Nurse Emergency Course.pdf to get signed up for the online training! 



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.

Policy Statements

The Pediatric Readiness Toolkit provides additional information for its users.   This section of the toolkit contains access to policy statements that reflect the position of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) on issues related to the care of children. The most current ACEP policy statements can be found at . The most current AAP and ENA policies can be found at  and , respectively.

A list of policy statements that can be found in the toolkit are below, to access these policy statements, please visit the Library section of the Pediatric Readiness Toolkit.



Indiana State Department of Health 
Preventing Injuries in Indiana Resource Guide
The Indiana State Department of Health Division of Trauma and Injury Prevention has released the Indiana Injury Prevention Resource Guide and a corresponding app for both iphones and android devices.  The ISDH's Injury Prevention Resource Guide will provide you with data and evidence-based resources from a variety of organizations that serve the families in Indiana.  The resource guide describes some of the issues related to injury and the strategies to address the immense toll that injuries take on the lives of Indiana residents

The guide currently focuses on the following 10 injury prevention topics:
  • Trauma & Trauma System 
  • Older Adult Falls
  • Alcohol & Injury 
  • Child Maltreatment
  • Prescription Drug Overdose 
  • Sexual Violence
  • Infant Safe Sleep 
  • Distracted Driving
  • Traumatic Brain Injury 
  • Suicide Prevention
This resource guide and app will be updated regularly with new data and resources and will include additional additional injury topics .

To access your copy of this important tool in preventing injuries, please download this guide by clicking here

Download the app to your mobile device today!

Information provided by:


Upcoming Courses:
  • 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