April 2019
Monthly Newsletter

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 22, 2019.  Time: 9:00 am Breakfast, 9:15am Welcome, and 9:30am Program begins.  Location: TBD, Indianapolis.  RSVP via email to Program Manager, Margo Knefelkamp 

Application packets are now available. Interested  hospitals, please contact Program Manager, 
Margo Knefelkamp via email margo.knefelkamp@indianapolisems.org or phone 
317-630-772 office, 317-523-4636 mobile.   Indiana hospital emergency departments may apply  to be recognized as "Pediatric Ready" or "Pediatric Advanced." 

Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2019  Time: 1:00pm ET/12:00pm CT
Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Day is taking place on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. The EMSC Innovation and Improvement Center (IIC) is conducting a webinar to assist prehospital professionals to make patient care decisions based upon the best evidence available to improve patient outcomes. During this webinar, the presenters will review the prehospital pediatric evidence-based guidelines for the management of asthma, seizures, pain, and cardiac arrest.  Register here.

Do you have an educational event in the near future? Please contact iEMSC, to 
notify of your upcoming pediatric training opportunities or pediatric related event.

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
Emergency Departments in Indiana may be recognized as "Pediatric Ready" or "Pediatric Advanced." Criteria for recognition are based on national standards that improve the care of children. "Pediatric Ready" represents the minimum requirements to ensure an emergency department is prepared to care for any child. "Pediatric Advanced" includes slightly higher standards for pediatric preparedness in the emergency department.
Criteria for Indiana's Pediatric Readiness Program contains 7 domains.  This section will feature 1 domain each month.

Domain 3: Quality Improvement

a) Ready
i) Pediatric-specific indicators shall be included in the emergency department quality improvement (QI) plan
ii)  Integrate findings from the QI audits and case reviews into the departmental QI plan
iii)  Mechanisms are in place to monitor pediatric-specific professional performance, credentialing, continuing education and clinical competencies
iv)  Hospital-based QI process shall include collecting and analyzing data to discover variances, defining a plan for improvement and evaluating success with pediatric specific outcomes including but not limited to: 
(1) Pediatric deaths
(2) Pediatric inter-facility transfers
(3) Child abuse and neglect cases
(4) Critically ill or injured children in need of stabilization (5) Pediatric quality and safety priorities of the institution
v)  Components of the QI process interface with out-of-hospital, ED, trauma, inpatient pediatrics, pediatric critical care and hospital wide QI activities
b)  Advanced
i)  QI initiatives shall tie in state and national benchmarks into the process
ii)  QI initiatives involving benchmarks across systems of care shall be part of  system wide collaboration efforts for improvement work

Questions? Please contact Margo Knefelkamp, I-EMSC Program Manager via email margo.knefelkamp@indianapolisems.org


April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. This occasion provides advocates across the state a chance to raise awareness of community efforts to stop child abuse and neglect.

Click here for an interactive guide to Child Abuse Prevention Month events in your community.
How can you help prevent abuse and neglect?
  • If you suspect abuse or neglect, please call the Indiana Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline at 1-800- 800-5556.
  • Reach out to parents that you know and offer a hand or emotional support.
  • Volunteer time to programs that help parents.
  • Let all of the children in your life know that that they can depend on you.
  • Advocate for community services to help families.
  • Consider becoming a foster parent by visiting our website.
For more information and resources on preventing child abuse and neglect,  click here.


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 TBD.
  • 6th Annual EMS Medical Directors' Conference.  Indiana State Department of Health, Division of Trauma and Injury Prevention.  Tuesday April 16, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  Location: Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel at Keystone Crossing.  8787 Keystone Crossing, Indianapolis, IN 46240.  To register, click here.  
  • 2019 MESH Grand Rounds Series.  Coordinating Healthcare Response: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. April 16th, 2019.  11:30-12:30PM.  Registration begins at 11am.  Location: IU Methodist Petticrew Auditorium. 1707 Senate Boulevard, Indianapolis, IN 46202. To register, click here.  
  • 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 Paravdeep Nijjar, 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