September 2016
Monthly Newsletter

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


McDonald's recalls "Step-iT" Activity Wristbands due to risk of skin irritation and burns.  Customers can take them back to the restaurant for a replacement toy, as well as free yogurt or apple slices. 
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Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator Newsletter

The first 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


Pediatric Readiness Assessment Portal Reopens

In 2013-2014 Indiana Hospitals participated in a National Pediatric Readiness Assessment which benchmarked each facility's readiness to treat and manage the pediatric population in the emergency setting.  This project has entered the second phase, which is to provide each hospital the opportunity to update and/or correct data.  It is also each facility's opportunity to demonstrate growth in treatment of the pediatric patient as we strive to not only meet, but exceed national standards. 
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, 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.
After completing the assessment, each respondent will receive an immediate Pediatric Readiness Score and a Gap Analysis based on the Joint Policy Statement: Guidelines for the Care of Children in the Emergency Department (published in Pediatric, October 2009 and Annals of Emergency Medicine October 2009).  This online report will provide further analysis on key areas of strength and weakness with the assessment. Facilities will also receive benchmark data, comparing their Emergency Department's readiness against facilities with similar pediatric volume.  
Each facility responses are important to develop meaningful needed benchmarks and growth indicators and to provide the best possible data for the development of local and regional gap analyses and targets resources. Responses will be kept confidential and will be combined with responses from other hospitals for reporting purposes only.

All facilities interested will need to complete the survey by December 1, 2016.

What Happens when You call the Indiana Poison Center 
  • If you think someone's been poisoned, call the Indiana Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 immediately. Take the container with you when you call so you can answer questions about what happened. The Poison Information Specialist who answers the phone will ask you some questions: 
    •  What happened? 
    •  When did it happen?
    •  Is the person having any symptoms? 
    •  How old is the person? 
    •  If the person is a child - how much does he or she weigh? 
    •  Is the person normally healthy - are there any health problems the specialist should know about? 
    •  What is the name of the product? 
    •  How much is missing?
    •  What are the active ingredients in the product (listed on the label)? 
    •  What is a number that can be used to call you back (to check in and make sure everything is okay).
  • The poison center can handle most poisonings over the phone. The specialist will quickly tell you if you do have a true medical emergency and need to go to a hospital. If you do have to go to an emergency room, the poison specialist will call the hospital and tell them what has happened and what needs to be done when you arrive. 


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 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 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   or Kelly Cunningham at  
Contact Information:

Program Director:
Elizabeth Weinstein, M.D.

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

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