October 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 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).  Each month we will highlight different sections of the toolkit and strategies to improve our overall ability to care for children.

Equipment, Supplies and Medications for the Care of Pediatric Patients in the Emergency Department

An important part of making sure your emergency department is prepared to care for children is having right equipment, supplies, and medications available in a way that is easy to access, are marked very clearly and are stored logically.  In cooperation with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), and Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) 2009, a checklist has been created to help you determine if your emergency department is prepared to care for children.

To access the complete checklist click above.

Some examples found in the checklist for Equipment, Supplies and Medications are listed below:

  • patient warming device 
  • intravenous blood/fluid warmer 
  • restraint device 
  • weight scale in kilograms (not pounds)
  • blood pressure cuffs 
    • neonatal 
    • infant 
    • child 
    • adult-arm 
    • adult-thigh
  • arm boards 
    • infant 
    • child 
    • adult
  • atropine 
  • adenosine 
  • amiodarone 
  • antiemetic agents 
  • calcium chloride 
  • dextrose (D10W, D50W) 
  • epinephrine (1:1000; 1:10 000 solutions) 
  • lidocaine 
  • magnesium sulfate 


Halloween Safety!


Halloween is a fun night for adults and children alike...make sure you follow these important safety tips so you can enjoy the night!!

Walk Safely
  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
  • Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross. 
  • Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don't run, across the street.
  • Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
  • Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to
    the left as possible.  Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
  • Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
Trick or Treat With an Adult
  • Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
Keep Costumes Both Creative and Safe
  • Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
  • Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child's vision.
  • Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers. 
  • When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls. 
Drive Extra Safely on Halloween
  • Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
  • Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
  • Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  • Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
  • Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.


Upcoming Courses:
  • Free Pediatric Online Training
  • MESH Grand Rounds   On Thursday, October 8, 2015, Matt Kiernan, PhD, RN Senior Lecturer, Northumbria University, UK will present  "Veteran Homelessness: Addressing the Epidemic"  at the Indianapolis VA Medical Center, located at 1481 W. 10th Street Indianapolis, IN 46202.   Dr. Kiernan's interests and expertise are in the areas of homelessness and mental health, with focus on the U.K. military Veteran population. Dr. Kiernan is a Registered Nurse, specializing in both general and mental health specialty areas. Dr. Kiernan retired as Lt. Commander from the Royal Navy, U.K., following service in Iraq and Afghanistan as Commanding Officer of the Force Mental Health Team for U.K. forces.  He had previously deployed to Bosnia and Kosovo.   Grand Rounds admission is free and open to the public. A free continental breakfast will be served beginning at 7:30 AM, with a presentation following from 8:00-9:00 AM.   Click here to register.  
  • START/JumpSTART Triage
    Simple Treatment and Rapid Triage (START), originally developed by the Newport Beach, California Fire Department, is a standardized and widely applicable triage methodology for first responders and healthcare providers to effectively and efficiently evaluate victims during a mass casualty incident (MCI). This course is designed to provide instruction on why START is important for hospital providers, how to perform START on adults, how to perform JumpSTART on pediatric patients and how to utilize the SMART triage tag system. Participants will have the opportunity to apply START to simulated victims in MCI scenarios.
  • Hospital Emergency Response Training (HERT) by the MESH Coalition
    This 8-hour Hospital Emergency Response Training (HERT) Home Training course, supported by the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) is designed to provide guidance to hospital staff and others who may be required to support the hospital response to an MCI involving contamination as a result of a natural, accidental or intentional incident.
    Click here to register.  
  • 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.
  • 2015 Healthy Homes & Childcare Conference
    Promoting a healthy environment for our children in an increasingly toxic world. There will be many exciting and informative sessions at the IKE 2015 Healthy Homes & Childcare Conference. The conference will be held October 28th and 29th at the Ivy Tech Corporate College & Culinary Conference Center at 2820 N. Meridian St. Indianapolis, IN 46208. The theme for the conference is Promoting a Healthy Environment for Our Children in an Increasingly Toxic World. For a draft agenda please click on the top button to the left.
    Click here for more information.

Contact Information:

Program Director:
Elizabeth Weinstein, M.D.

Program Manager:
Courtney VanJelgerhuis

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