October 2014

Halloween Statistics 
  • More than twice as many children are killed by being struck on Halloween between 4-10pm than any other night of the year.
  • 12% of parents admit to allowing their child 5 and under to go trick or treating unsupervised by an adult.
  • Only 1/3 of parents talk to their children about Halloween safety.

 Don't Let Your Child Become a Statistic

Follow These Guidelines for a Safe Halloween 

  • Kids under 12 should be supervised by an adult.
  • Make sure to use sidewalks and obey traffic signals.
  • Drive slow!
  • Choose face paint or make up versus masks that can obstruct a child's view.
  • Avoid carrying sticks or sharp objects.
  • Do not allow kids to chew on liquid glow sticks-they are toxic.
  • Check treats for tampering before allowing your child to eat them.

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Be in the Know...

 CDC: Did you know?

The "Did You Know" section of the State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Public Health Professionals Gateway has information by topic that can be used by a wide range of professionals. The Injury, Violence & Safety subcategory contains information on injuries in general, violence, motor vehicle injury, and workplace safety & health. Other topics include healthy living, data & statistics, public health practice, and specific diseases and conditions.

The main Did You Know link can be found here: http://www.cdc.gov/stltpublichealth/didyouknow/topic.html

The Did You Know link for Injuries can be found here:  http://www.cdc.gov/stltpublichealth/didyouknow/topic/injuries.html

Poison Center Calls involving E-cigarettes

The CDC reports a spike in the number of calls to Poison Control Centers involving e-cigarettes. The calls increased from one call per month in September 2010 to 215 per month in February 2014, as indicated in the chart below. More than half of the calls involved children under age 5.  For more information, visit: http://www.childrenssafetynetwork.org/blog/spike-e-cigarette-poisonings 


Education and Pediatric Related Events

National Healthcare Coalition Preparedness Conference
 We are thrilled to be counting down the days until the 3rd Annual National Healthcare Coalition Preparedness Conference to be held December 10-12, 2014 in beautiful Denver, Colorado. This year's conference will highlight best practices of healthcare coalitions from across the United States. The National Healthcare Coalition Preparedness Conference provides an opportunity to network with peers, share ideas and learn from others' experiences in building and sustaining effective healthcare coalitions.

Please visit http://healthcarecoalitions.org/nhcrc-conference/ to learn more and register today!

  • 2014 ENA National Conference is being held in Indianapolis

Do not miss this opportunity to attend!   

October 7-11, 2014 


  • Indiana First Responder: Online Training Program by IDHS.

This platform hosts courses on emergency management, specialty training,communications and fire.   






Elizabeth Weinstein, M.D., Program Director
Gretchen Huffman, EMT-P, RN, MBA, Program Mgr
3930 Georgetown Rd. Indianapolis, IN. 46254
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