May, 2015

Stay Informed:

Thank you to everyone that submitted nominations for the Healthcare Heroes Awards Breakfast!  These incredible nominees will be honored at the Healthcare Heroes Awards Breakfast on May 20, 2015!

Mark your calendar!! EMSC Day is May 20, 2015!   The purpose of the annual EMS for Children Day celebration is to raise awareness about the need to improve and expand specialized care for children in the prehospital and acute care settings.  Take a minute to review the state and national statistics on the readiness of our emergency departments to treat children in emergencies.  National Pediatric Readiness Project: State of Indiana 



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. 


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.

Studies have shown that emergency departments that have identified Pediatric Care Coordinators (nurses or physicians or both) are more prepared to treat a child in an emergency situation.  Some of the suggested roles and responsibilities of this coordinator (both physician and nurse) are outlined below:

Physician Pediatric Care Coordinator:
  • Promote and verify the skill and knowledge of ED healthcare providers in emergency care and resuscitation of infants and children
  • Participate in ED pediatric QI, PI, patient safety, injury and illness prevention, and clinical care activities
  • Development and review of ED pediatric procedures (e.g., medications, equipment, supplies) to make sure that there are enough resources for children of varying ages
Nursing Pediatric Care Coordinator:
  • Work with clinical leadership to ensure the availability of pediatric equipment, medications, staffing, and other resources through the development and periodic review of ED standards, policies, and procedures
  • Facilitate pediatric-specific educational activities for ED nursing continuing education as well as new staff member orientation
  • Collaborate with the physician coordinator to ensure that the ED is prepared to care for children of all ages, including children with special healthcare needs
Please review the complete qualifications and responsibilities list by clicking the link below:


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

Pool Safety

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has created a public awareness campaign in order to "reduce child drownings, non-fatal submersions and entrapments in public swimming pools and spas".  Whether in a public or private pool, following the important safety tips set out in the "Pool Safely" campaign can save lives:

Stay Close, Be Alert and Watch Always 
  • Watch your children and never leave them unattended 
  • Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings 
  • Have a phone close by at all times 
  • If a child is missing, check the pool first 
  • Share safety instructions with family, friends and neighbors 
Learn and Practice Water Safety Skills 
  • Learn to swim; it's fun and good exercise 
  • Know how to perform CPR on children and adults 
  • Understand the basics of life saving so that you can assist in a pool emergency 
Have the Appropriate Equipment 
  • Install a fence around the perimeter of the pool and spa of at least four feet in height 
  • Use self-closing and self-latching gates 
  • Ensure the pools and spas you use have compliant drain covers Install a door alarm from the house to the pool area 
  • Maintain pool and spa covers in working order 
  • Have life-saving equipment such as life rings or reaching poles available for use
For more life saving tips and access to additional awareness campaigns and resources please visit:


Upcoming Courses:
  • Pediatric Disaster Preparedness and Planning Program - May 7-8, 2015 ILEAS Training Center, Urbana
    This 16-hour non-clinical course provides participants with information and considerations on how to plan for and prepare to address community pediatric-based issues pre- and post-disaster. The instructor facilitated, case-based format includes numerous small group exercises designed to support course content, as well as a facilitated table top exercise at the completion of the course to allow participants an opportunity to apply course lessons to a community-based event.  
  • 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. 
  • Haz Mat Operations and Awareness by the MESH Coalition
    This course is designed to provide an overview of hospital specific hazardous materials training. The course will cover instruction on identifying the contaminated patient, preventing the patient from causing harm to yourself or other employees and the basics of patient decontamination procedures in order to render the patient safe to treat and bring into your facility. This course is designed for hospital providers. This is a fun, fast paced course that in unlike any other Hazardous Materials Course. Students leave with a certification of completion from MESH.  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