April 2017
Monthly Newsletter

iEMSC EMS assessment of new performance measures available.  The goal of this assessment is to understand the capabilities of EMS agencies in our state to treat ill or injured children, specifically in regards to the use of pediatric specific equipment and the coordination of pediatric care.  The assessment is conducted on a secure web-based system, is short, and should take about 5 to 10 minutes for completion.  Responses are confidential. Go to emscsurveys.org, select state, county, and agency name.  If your agency is not part of the random sample, you may print a copy and self-assess.  

To complete the assessment, this should be done in coordination with your ED Nurse Manager or ED Director, go to www.pedsready.org, select your state, county, and hospital's name.  All hospitals with an emergency department that is open 24/7 may complete the assessment. 
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting consumers to Meridian Medical Technologies' voluntary recall of 13 lots of Mylan's EpiPen and EpiPen Jr (epinephrine injection) Auto-Injector products used for emergency treatment of severe allergic reactions. This recall is due to the potential that these devices may contain a defective part that may result in the devices' failure to activate. The recalled product was manufactured by Meridian Medical Technologies and distributed by Mylan Specialty.  For more information please click here.

Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator Newsletter

The third 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 margo.knefelkamp@indianapolisems.org.

The Preventing Injuries in Indiana: Injury Prevention Resource Guide is available for Android and IOS (Apple) systems.  The app features buttons for 10 common sources of injury, including distracted driving, sexual assault, drug overdose, child maltreatment, and infant safe sleep. Each category includes a description of the scope of the problem in Indiana and the United States, discusses how the problem is being addressed, and includes links to resources. Users can search for specific items and download pdf versions of material included in the app, or they can share data from the app through email and social media. The app includes an email address for the health department's Division of Trauma and Injury Prevention, which will be updating and expanding the app in the coming months.
Questions can be directed for IndianaTrauma@isdh.in.gov.

In 2017, Safe Kids conducted a nationwide online survey among 2,000 parents with children under age 6 in order to better understand their knowledge, attitudes and behaviors when it comes to the safe storage of medicine. 

The survey findings revealed a striking gap between parents' knowledge of what they should do to protect kids from accidental medicine poisoning and their own behavior or attitudes. In fact, while 9 in 10 parents agree it  i s important to store all medicine out of sight and up high after every use, nearly 7 in 10 report that, in reality, they often store medicine within a child's sight - on a shelf or surface at or above counter height.

How To Help Protect Your Kids:
  • Store all prescription and over the counter medicines, vitamins, and supplements up and away and out of sight and reach every time.
  • Keep medicine in its original child-resistant packaging.
  • Practice safe storage of medicine as soon as your first child is born.
  • Put the Poison Help number  1-800-222-1222 into your phone and post it visibly at home.
  • Instead of keeping medicine handy, use safe reminder tools to help you remember when to take and give doses.  
For more information and to access the Safe Medicine Storage guide, please visit:  https://www.safekids.org/research-report/safe-medicine-storage-look-disconnect-between-parent-knowledge-and-behavior


Upcoming Courses:
  • 2017 MESH GRAND ROUNDS SERIES The Orlando Pulse Night Club Massacre: Response, Recovery, Transition, and Healing.  April 12th 8-9am at the Indiana Blood Center 3450 N. Meridian St. Indianapolis, IN 46208. For directions, continuing education information, and to Register by April 10th visit
  •  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.  In person training is April 24, 2017.
  • 4th Annual EMS Medical Directors' Conference, organized by the IN State Department of Health (ISDH), will be held at INACEP Conference hotel on Friday, April 28th, 2017.  Indianapolis Marriott North, 3645 River Crossing Parkway, Indianapolis, IN 46240.  Event is from 9 a.m. -3:30 p.m.  Registration is now open, you may register here
  • 3rd Annual Injury Prevention (IPAC) Conference Making Connections: Community, Programs, and Progress. The third annual IPAC conference will be held on Monday, May 15, 2017 at the Conner Prairie Interactive History Park (13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers, IN 46038) in the Overlook Room in the Welcome Center. If you would like to receive notification when registration opens, please email: IndianaTrauma@isdh.in.gov
  • 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 ( http://cert.safekids.org/become-tech ). 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 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.
Contact Information:

Program Director:
Elizabeth Weinstein, M.D.

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

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