August 2017
Monthly Newsletter

iEMSC info graphic
In partnership with the MESH Coalition, iEMSC has designed an info graphic on Pediatric Readiness for each of Indiana's hospital emergency departments.  iEMSC continues to identify Pediatric Emergency  Care Coordinators and to develop a statewide PECC Network. Info graphics were sent via UPS mail and or will be hand-delivered.  Please contact iEMSC Program Manager, Margo Knefelkamp with questions.

Please make your nomination today!  All nominations will be considered for the 2018  Healthcare Heroes Awards breakfast. Do you know someone that goes above and beyond for children, or has done something extraordinary for a child?  If so, please nominate that pediatric hero!  iEMSC will be taking nominations all year long for the amazing work that happens on behalf of children all over the State of Indiana. You can nominate your healthcare hero by completing this   nomination form   and then emailing it to

iEMSC is seeking your assistance in further identifying Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinators (PECC) in each of Indiana's hospital emergency departments.  These individuals can be a physician or a nurse who focus on ensuring children are effectively cared for in the emergency department.  If you wish to become involved or have additional questions, please contact

To complete the assessment, this should be done in coordination with your ED Nurse Manager or ED Director, go to, select your state, county, and hospital's name.  All hospitals with an emergency department that is open 24/7 may complete the assessment. 

Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator Newsletter

The fourth 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

Three Steps to Protect Your Child During Emergencies in the School Day   

Ask how you would be reunited with your child in an emergency of evacuation.
Bring extra medications, special food, or supplies your child would need if you were separated overnight.
Complete a backpack card and tuck one in your child's backpack and your wallet.
ASK how you would be reunited with your child in an emergency or evacuation.
How would you find your child if an emergency happened during the school day?
  • If students had to evacuate, where should parents/guardians go for pick up?
  • How would the school notify you in the event of emergency? 
BRING extra medications, special food, or supplies your child would need if you were separated overnight.  An emergency might require a sudden sleepover. Tell school administrators about any extra supplies your child may need to safely make it through a night away from home.
  • What essential supplies would your child need if separated from you overnight? (Medications? Inhaler? Milk? Diapers? Battery pack for special equipment?)
  • Does the school have an emergency stockpile of these items? Yes □ No 
  • If your child has special medications, can extras be kept at the school? Yes □ No 
  • What is the school policy for how and when medicine can be administered to your child? 
COMPLETE a backpack card and tuck one in your child's backpack and your wallet
Emergencies are chaotic! Make sure your child or their school knows how to reach you, and who should be called if your phone isn't working.

Complete an emergency contact card to make sure you and your child know how to get in touch quickly.

Safety Sam, the ATV Robot

2016 was the deadliest year in Indiana for ATV's.  23 people died in ATV crashes.
What is Safety Sam?
Safety Sam is the first ATV safety robot, and was welcomed to IN in March of 2017.  Safety Sam is the size of a 9 year old child, dressed in full ATV safety gear (helmet, gloves, pants, long sleeve shirt, goggles, boots, etc.).   Safety Sam is an interactive, engaging robot that is used to educate kids, families, and communities about ATV safety.  The ATV lights up, Safety Sam has LED lights, moves his head, can speak to his audiences, and he can answer questions from the audience. 

The main purpose of Safety Sam, is to integrate technology into ATV safety, to make it engaging, interactive, and fun for kids.  Safety Sam is life size and is a remote control.  He can be used at schools, health fairs, 4H Events, Ag Days, county fairs and various other community events.

The IN Conservation Officers and Play for Kate partnered to create Safety Sam and make him available to communities all across Indiana.

How Can You Reserve Safety Sam?

To reserve Safety Sam you can email the following people/agencies:
 Play for Kate
  Department of Natural or or
  Or call:  1-812-789-9538 (DNR) or 812-202-0154 (PFK)

Information provided by:   Play for Kate


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
To register for this course, please click here.  In person training to occur fall 2017.
  • 2017 Indiana Emergency Response Conference (IREC).
    Working together  through Leadership & Safety. 
    September 20-23, 2017. Location: Sheraton Indianapolis at Keystone Crossing, 8787 Keystone Crossing, Indianapolis, IN 46240.  For more information click here
  • ATV Safety Institute Instructor Preparation (IP) Course. Sponsored by the Indiana Coalition for ATV Safety.  Class size is limited to 8 people.  To apply, application must be received by August 15, 2017.  The course is November 7-10, 2017.  Time: 8:00am-5:00pm. Cost=$100.  Location: Interlake Recreation Area, East 200 IN-68, Lynnville, IN.  For more information, click here.
  • National Healthcare Coalition Preparedness Conference.  November 28-30th, 2017.  Location: Sheraton Dan Diego Hotel & Marina. 1380 Harbor Island Dr. San Diego, California 92101. For more information and 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 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 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