October 2016
Monthly Newsletter

All hospitals with an emergency department that is open 24/7 may complete the assessment. To complete the assessment, please work with your Nurse Manager or ED Director, go to www.pedsready.org, select your state, county, and hospital's name. It is recommended that you print a paper version of the assessment prior to submitting electronically as the survey cannot be reopened to make changes. It is estimated to take on average 26 minutes to complete the online assessment once you have compiled your data.

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@indianapolisems.org

Many flour and baking mixes have been recalled this summer. To prevent infection with E. coli, throw out recalled products and always bake or cook items before eating.  Click here for list.
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Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator Newsletter

The second 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.


Indiana Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline


Under Indiana law any individual who has a reason to believe a child is a victim of abuse or neglect has the duty to make a report; therefore, each citizen of Indiana is considered a "mandated reporter."  While reporting child abuse is everyone's responsibility, Indiana law requires some in certain occupations to do so.  These professional reporters are staff members in a medical or other public or private institution, school, facility, or agency. These reporters are legally obligated by their profession to report alleged child abuse or neglect.

Everyone has an important role and responsibility to prevent child abuse and neglect.  Children need everyone to stand up for their safety when they may be in harm's way or when families in crisis or turmoil need support from those close to them.  By contacting the Indiana Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline if you suspect a child is a victim of abuse or neglect, you can play your part in protecting a child and/or making it possible for a family in crisis to get the help and support they need.

If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, call Indiana's Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline today. It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. State law requires Department of Child Services (DCS) to protect the identity of those reporting abuse or neglect allegations.  DCS keeps the name and contact information of all report sources confidential.  While DCS accepts child abuse and neglect allegations from persons who wish to remain anonymous, DCS encourages individuals to provide contact information to Intake Specialists.  Providing your contact information is helpful because it allows the Family Case Manager who is assigned the report to follow up with you to ask additional questions or to seek clarification when more information is needed.

Public online training and information course:  https://reportchildabuse.dcs.in.gov/

I nformation provided by: http://www.in.gov/dcs/2971.htm 

Teen Driver Safety Week is October 16-22, 2016.

Distracted driving is any form of activity that diverts a person's attention away from their primary task of driving, including texting, eating and drinking, grooming, talking on the phone or to passengers, and listening to loud music.   The three main types of distractions are visual, manual, and cognitive.  Texting while driving is especially dangerous because it includes all three types at the same time. 

According to the 2011 Indiana Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 33% of high school students, including 67% of 12th graders reported having texted or emailed while driving a car or other vehicle at least once during the past month. 
If your children are starting to learn to drive or have been driving for a few months, continue to use this time as an opportunity to have  conversations  about the rules of driving.  

Safety Tips:  
  • Kids are always watching, even when you think they're not. So be a good example. Try to eliminate distractions by not using a cell phone or texting while driving. Teach your teen or preteen to read maps and help with finding locations.
  • Make it a rule that kids younger than 13 ride like a VIP - in the back. This is the safest place for preteens and younger children to sit.
  • When carpooling, make sure you have enough seating positions and booster seats for every child in your car and that kids enter and exit curbside.   How do I know my child is in the right seat, click here.
  • To download everything you need to know about kids who are getting ready to drive, click here.


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.  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 Healthcare Coalition Preparedness Conference.  December 13-14, 2016. Washington, D.C. The National Healthcare Coalition Preparedness Conference (NHCPC) is expanding opportunities for learning about the implementation of healthcare coalitions and coalition activities in our communities. While the NHCPC supports coalitions attempting to meet HHS/ASPR HPP and CDC PHEP grant program requirements, the Conference is independent and exists for coalitions, by coalitions. The Conference is celebrating its 5th year of continued opportunities for coalitions to connect and share their successes and lessons learned.  This year, the Conference will be held in conjunction with the 2016 IAEMSC National Leadership Summit.

    For more information about the NHCPC please call us at 202-759-5794 or  Contact Us.
  • 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 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 State Department of Health (ISDH) is offering offering a Train-the-Trainer
    program to first responders - firefighters, EMS and law enforcement - to teach you  how to provide a primary prevention program in your jurisdiction aimed at lowering  Indiana's infant mortality rate and preventing infant deaths due to an unsafe sleep
    environment. This is not your typical SIDS training. It takes what you already know  and shows you how to engage the community and educate families and caregivers  about how to ensure their infant has a safe place to sleep. The ISDH will be providing training manuals and program materials  tailored to your community's needs.
DOSE Train-the-Trainer sessions are being held October 17th at the Labor of Love Summit in Indianapolis.  Space is limited, you may register here.   For more information please contact Gretchen Martin at  GMartin1@isdh.in.gov   or Kelly Cunningham at  kcunningham2@isdh.in.gov  
Contact Information:

Program Director:
Elizabeth Weinstein, M.D.

Program Manager:
Margo Knefelkamp, M.B.A.

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