April 2018
Monthly Newsletter


IEMSC will begin surveying Indiana hospital Emergency Departments on April 9th. Survey invitation emails will be sent to Emergency Department Managers, and include the link to complete the assessment.  The assessment should take less than 10 minutes, and the survey is based on written interfacility transfer guidelines and agreements.  The portal will remain open for 90 days.  If your Emergency Department completed the National Pediatric Readiness Assessment in 2015 or current, your hospital will not be asked to complete this assessment.  IEMSC greatly appreciates the effort put forth by Indiana Emergency Departments to complete this assessment. Questions can be directed to IEMSC Program Manager, Margo Knefelkamp, via email margo.knefelkamp@indianapolisems.org

Applications to be released this month.  Indiana hospital emergency departments may apply to be recognized as  Pediatric Ready  or  Pediatric Advanced .  Interested  hospitals, please contact Program Manager, Margo Knefelkamp via email margo.knefelkamp@indianapolisems.org .  

IEMSC Program Director, Dr. Elizabeth Weinstein will be presenting EMS Survey results regarding the use of pediatric specific equipment and identified pediatric emergency care coordinators. When: Friday April 27th, 2018. Location: Ritz Charles 12156 N. Meridian Street, Carmel, IN 46032 8am-5pm Please register here.  Questions? Contact indianatrauma@isdh.in.gov

Please join us in celebrating the amazing work that fellow Hoosiers do to enhance and save the lives of children throughout Indiana.  Date: Wednesday May 23, 2018.  Time: 9:00 am Breakfast, 9:15 Welcome, and 9:30 Program begins.  Location:  Indiana Region of the American Red Cross Training Room, 1510 N. Meridian St. Indianapolis, IN 46202.  Keynote Speaker: Terry Stigdon, Director-Indiana Department of Child Services.  RSVP via email to Program Manager, Margo Knefelkamp margo.knefelkamp@indianapolisems.org

The physician or nurse Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator (PECCs) play an important role in readiness of Emergency Departments.  The Indiana Chapter of The Emergency Nurses Association and I-EMSC continues to identify Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinators. These individuals focus on ensuring children are effectively cared for in the emergency department.  If you wish to become involved or have additional questions, please contact  margo.knefelkamp@indianapolisems.org

This newsletter focuses on the Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator (PECC) 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 .


Neighborhood ponds serve several purposes, but none of those purposes include swimming or wading.  The ponds must be of sufficient depth (at least 8-10 feet) to prevent stagnation and algae growth, and to handle the amount of storm water runoff that will enter from your neighborhood. 

Many people, and most children, don't realize that these ponds typically have a "safety ledge" at the edge to keep those who UNINTENTIONALLY enter the pond from immediately falling into deep water. This safety ledge is generally no wider than 10 feet and ends with an abrupt and steep drop directly to deep water. The slope off the safety ledge varies greatly, as does the depth of water.  The "safety ledge" is often full of deep, and very slippery mud, making it difficult for anyone who enters the water to get out.  This is a common place to find young drowning victims who were unaware of this hazard.

Retention Pond Hazards

*      Debris & underwater obstruction
*      Underwater entanglement
*      No adult supervision
*      Deep mud & low visibility
*      Aquatic plant life
*      No personal floatation devices
*      Remote unseen retention ponds
*      Unsupervised boating
Prevention Tips for Retention Ponds
  • Know the bodies of water in your area
  • Work as a group to monitor ponds in your neighborhood
  • Educate children of the dangers in and around ponds
  • Be ready to act and learn to use rescue devices
  • Use proper personal flotation devices during open water activities
  • Supervise children around open water
  • Never let children wade or swim in retention ponds
Make sure your child is educated about the dangers in and around water and all the unpleasant things that can exist in a retention pond.  It may help curb their desire to go wading. 

Information provided by Jerry Richert, Special Operations Captain, Indianapolis Fire Department. For educational trainings please contact Gretchen Martin, Child Fatality Review Director-Indiana State Department of Health via email gmartin1@isdh.in.gov
It is a time to remember and advocate for the care and safety of children.  There is nothing more important in a family, community and society than taking care of those who are least able to care for themselves.  Children, particularly under the age of 5, are those most likely to be harmed or put in harm's way. This month gives us the opportunity to recognize and encourage everyone that they have a role and a responsibility in preventing abuse and neglect.

If you suspect abuse or neglect, please report to the Indiana Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline at 1(800) 800-5556 before it's too late. Here are few behavioral and physical signs that may indicate a child is being abused or neglected:
  • Nervousness or aggression toward/around adults or other children
  • Frequent or unexplained bruises and injuries
  • Poor hygiene
  • Acting out sexually at an inappropriate age
  • Dramatic change in personality
  • Significant changes in school behavior or grades
  • Inability to stay awake or concentrate
  • Low self-esteem
Children need everyone to stand up for their safety and best interests when they are in harm's way.  Families in crisis or turmoil need support from those close to them.  Please take time this month to think about what you can do to help a child:
  1. Spend time with a child in your family
  2. Visit a grandchild, niece, nephew or neighborhood child in their home and offer to spend time with them
  3. Offer to mentor a child in school, outside activities or at a place of worship
  4. Foster parents are needed throughout the state provide a temporary home to children in crisis
  5. The Guardian ad Litem/Court Appointed Special Advocate program is in need of volunteers willing to be a voice for children during court proceedings.
  6. Obtain a Kid's First license plate- supporting child abuse prevention services
  7. Be a friend to a parent you know who is struggling
Please step up in the life of a child today and make a difference for a lifetime.

Information Provided by Indiana Department of Child Services.  


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
In person training to be held Spring 2018.
  • 5th Annual EMS Medical Directors' Conference. Friday April 27, 2018, 8am-5pm.  Ritz Charles 12156 N. Meridian Street, Carmel, IN 46032.  For more information contact indianatrauma@isdh.in.gov
  • Child Passenger Safety Technician Scholarship Program: The Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) Scholarship Program, sponsored through the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), Division of Trauma and Injury Prevention, is dedicated to preventing injuries and trauma throughout Indiana. Through the Maternal Child and Health Services (TITLE 5) grant, recipients can be reimbursed up to $250 for participating in a training course to become a CPST. The CPST Scholarship Program funds must be used towards any fees related to the training class, including: the cost of the class; travel; lodging; parking services; or any equipment needed in order to attend the class. For more information about this program, please contact Preston Harness, Injury Prevention Program Coordinator for ISDH. Click here for more information.
  • 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 is 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