June, 2015

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Thank you to everyone that attend the Healthcare Heroes Awards Breakfast on May 20, 2015, it was a great event and gave us all the chance to honor all the important work that is being done to keep kids safe!  Please join us in congratulating our award winners:

  • Lisa Cauldwell
  • Katie Knutson
  • Kyle Kopke
  • Heather Moua
  • Jeff Owens
  • Mark Rund
  • David Thomas
  • Ramsey Vance

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. 

Healthcare Providers in the Emergency Department

Children make up 20% of all emergency room visits in non-pediatric hospitals.  Having the proper training and education is critical to providing optimal care for children.  

Some things to consider when determining if your emergency department providers have the proper training and education are:
  • Age-appropriate interactions and interventions with all ages of children
  • What assures that a physician/nurse is 'competent' to care for children in the ED?
  • Does your ED conduct baseline and periodic evaluations for all ED clinical staff, including physicians, nurses and mid-level practitioners to include pediatric  competency?
  • Are physicians required to perform a minimum number of pediatric sedations to maintain competency?
  • Are staff required to take part in periodic chart reviews of pediatric patients to assure consistency with evidence-based practice?
  • Do ancillary staff (RT, lab, x-ray, etc) have the necessary skills and comfort level to care for children?
  • Are all staff trained to provide services to children consistent with the services offered by the hospital overall? 
Some general competency guidelines for educational and competency requirements:
  • Nurses and physicians should have current certification in pediatric life support techniques;
  • All should know the location of carts and equipment for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and mock codes should be conducted on a regular basis;
  • Instruction on the use of cardio-respiratory monitors and their alarm settings for pediatric patients should be provided on an ongoing basis; and
  • If pediatric patients are provided with monitors that feature electrocardiogram readouts, appropriate training should be provided.
For more details and other guidelines for incorporating pediatric education and training into your hospital's policies please click here.




As we begin the summer season, it is important to remember simple safety precautions to help make the summer an enjoyable experience for everyone!  

Lawn Mower Safety

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, over 17,000 children each year are treated for an injury related to mowing the lawn.  A seemingly mundane activity can have a lasting impact of children and their families.  You can reduce these injuries by following these prevention guidelines developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and distributed through HealthChildren.org:

Before learning how to mow the lawn, your child should show the maturity, good judgment, strength and coordination that the job requires. In general, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children should be at least

  • 12 years of age to operate a walk-behind power mower or hand mower safely
  • 16 years of age to operate a riding lawn mower safely

It is important to teach your child how to use a lawn mower. Before you allow your child to mow the lawn alone, spend time showing him or her how to do the job safely. Supervise your child's work until you are sure that he or she can manage the task alone.


Before mowing the lawn:
  • Make sure that children are indoors or at a safe distance well away from the area that you plan to mow.
  • Read the lawn mower operator's manual and the instructions on the mower.
  • Check conditions:
    • Do not mow during bad weather, such as during a thunderstorm.
    • Do not mow wet grass.
    • Do not mow without enough daylight.
  • Clear the mowing area of any objects such as twigs, stones, and toys, that could be picked up and thrown by the lawn mower blades.
  • Make sure that protective guards, shields, the grass catcher, and other types of safety equipment are placed properly on the lawn mower and that your mower is in good condition.
  • If your lawn mower is electric, use a ground fault circuit interrupter to prevent electric shock.
  • Never allow children to ride as passengers on ride-on lawn mowers or garden tractors.
While mowing:
  • Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes with slip-proof soles, close-fitting clothes, safety goggles or glasses with side shields, and hearing protection.
  • Watch for objects that could be picked up and thrown by the mower blades, as well as hidden dangers. Tall grass can hide objects, holes or bumps. Use caution when approaching corners, trees or anything that might block your view.
  • If the mower strikes an object, stop, turn the mower off, and inspect the mower. If it is damaged, do not use it until it has been repaired.
  • Do not pull the mower backwards or mow in reverse unless absolutely necessary, and carefully look for children behind you when you mow in reverse.
  • Use extra caution when mowing a slope.
    • When a walk-behind mower is used, mow across the face of slopes, not up and down, to avoid slipping under the mower and into the blades.
    • With a riding mower, mow up and down slopes, not across, to avoid tipping over.
  • Keep in mind that lawn trimmers also can throw objects at high speed.
  • Remain aware of where children are and do not allow them near the area where you are working. Children tend to be attracted to mowers in use.
Stop the engine and allow it to cool before refueling.

Always turn off the mower and wait for the blades to stop completely before:

  • Crossing gravel paths, roads or other areas
  • Removing the grass catcher
  • Unclogging the discharge chute
  • Walking away from the mower



Upcoming Courses:
  • Free Pediatric Online Training


  • Start and Jump Start Courses by the MESH Coalition
    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. 
    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.  
  • ICS/NIMS Courses by MESH
    The MESH ICS/NIMS course is designed to provide instruction on the Incident Command System (ICS), which is a standardized, and widely applicable management system designed to enable effective and efficient incident management by integrating a combination of resources within a common organizational structure. Course participants will learn how to identify the key concerns associated with the incident - often under urgent conditions - without sacrificing attention to any component of the command system. Participants will gain the knowledge and skills to obtain ICS-100 (Introduction to ICS) and ICS-700 (National Incident Management System (NIMS)) certification by successfully completing online examinations provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  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