September 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.

** "Is Your ED Ready for Children?  Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinators Lead the Way to Readiness!" Webinar Opportunity**
The Indiana  EMSC program would like to invite you to a national webinar being held September 21, 2015 from 1:00-2:30pm (Eastern),  "Is Your ED Ready for Children?  Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinators Lead the Way to Readiness!"  developed specifically for emergency departments and those who participated in the Pediatric Readiness Project.  
A panel of esteemed leaders in Pediatric Readiness will be presenting information on the pediatric emergency care coordinator(PECC) role.  The panel will include:
  • Marianne Gausche-Hill,  MD, FACEP, FAAP, Primary Investigator and Leader of the National Pediatric Readiness Project,  Medical Director, Los Angeles County EMS Agency, Professor of Clinical Medicine and Pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and the EMS Fellowship Director at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
  • Susan Cadwell, MSN, RN,  NE-BC, Director, ED Initiative Clinical Services Group, Health Care Corporation of America
  • Leslie Flament,  MS, RN, CEN, Clinician IV, Pediatric Quality Coordinator,  Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, Illinois
  • Dale Woolridge, MD, PhD, FAAEM, FAAP, FACEP,  Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Arizona
Target Audience: This webinar is appropriate for ED directors, ED physicians and nurses, hospital administrators, state EMSC Program managers, EMS providers, state health department and hospital regulators, health care planners, family members, trauma program coordinators and managers, and others interested in improving pediatric emergency care. 

For more information on this important webinar click here.  

To register for this webinar please visit



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.

Policies, Procedures and Protocols

Policies, procedures and protocols can seem feel like a daunting task when developing a new system.  The Pediatric Readiness Project has collected sample polices, procedures and protocols for the following areas to help you get started with developing these

tools for your emergency room.


  • Illiness and Injury Triage;
  • Pediatric Patient Assessment/Reassessment;
  • Vital Signs;
  • Immunization Assessment;
  • Sedation and Analgesia Consent;
  • Social and Mental Health;
  • Physical and Chemical Restraint;
  • Child Maltreatment;
  • Death of Child in ED;
  • Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders;
  • Family-centered Care;
  • Communication with Primary Care Provider;
  • Medical Imaging;
  • All-Hazard Disaster Preparedness; and 
  • Interfacility Transport.
  • Key Points on Medication Dosing Errors.
To access these tools please visit the Pediatric Readiness Toolkit by clicking here.




September is National Preparedness Month!  

Disasters can happen to anyone, at any time and often without any notice.  Being prepared and making sure our kids are prepared is vital to saving lives.  There are multiple resources that will help you get yourself and your organization prepared for an emergency event.  We have compiled some of these resources here for your use.  Please take a minute and make sure you are ready when disaster strikes.

EMSC Resource
The EMSC National Resource Center has created  a tool to help hospital administrators
incorporate essential pediatric considerations into their hospital disaster policies.  This tool is 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.  

Information provided by has great resources for children, parents and other other educators in the "Be a Hero" campaign.  The "Be a Hero" campaign involves 4 steps:
  • Make a Plan - have a plan that the entire family helps make so everyone knows what to do, where to meet and how to talk to each other.
  • Build a Kit - have supplies such as food, water, clothing, basic first aid, etc. for the first 3 days of any emergency event.
  • Know the Facts - being informed about the natural disasters that could impact your area will help you and your family be more prepared to handle the emergency if it happens.  Having more information can make the emergency feel less scary to kids.
  • Get Involved - start a program in your community to help other kids and their families be prepared when disaster strikes.
Visit for other great tips and tools!

Information provided by

American Academy of Pediatrics
The AAP has a webpage dedicated to disaster preparedness for children.  This information is intended for Child Care Providers, Children with Special Needs, Hospitals, Pediatricians and Schools.  We have highlighted below a couple of the resources that can be found on this site. Please take a few minutes to access all the useful information!

Preparedness Checklist for Pediatric Practices - "Disasters can affect anyone, anywhere, at any time. Pediatricians need to be ready to provide care for their patients even when normal operations are disrupted. Advance preparedness planning can mitigate risk, ensure financial stability, strengthen the medical home, and help promote the health of children in the community. This checklist-based on physicians' experiences in prior disasters- can help pediatricians take realistic, concrete steps to improve office preparedness." - "Getting Your Family Prepared for a Disaster" webpage is dedicated to helping families prepare for disasters before and after the actual emergency.  This resource tool will help parents with how to prepare their children for a disaster and tips and tools on how to help them after the disaster has happened.  One tip is to prepare a "Kids Get Ready Kit" that will be a special kit for them to help make the disruption in their life as comfortable as possible.  Some examples of things to include:
  • A few favorite books, crayons, and paper.
  • Favorite small toys like dolls or action figures.   
  • A board game.
  • A desk of cards.
  • A puzzle.  
  • A favorite stuffed animal.
  • A favorite blanket or pillow.
  • A picture of your family and pets.
  • A box with special treasures that will help you feel safe.  


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.  
  • 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