December 2017
Monthly Newsletter


On November 6, 2017, I-EMSC hosted the Pediatric Facility Recognition Consensus Conference at the Indiana State Department of Health.  The 3 hour meeting was held to assess proposed guidelines for a new, voluntary recognition  program for Pediatric Readiness.  Beginning  in July of 2016, I-EMSC joined the National Facility Recognition Collaborative along with 13 other states.   I-EMSC formed a core team including representatives from Indiana Emergency Nurses Association, Indiana Hospital  Association, Indiana Rural Health Association, Indiana American Academy of Pediatrics, Indiana Academy of Emergency Physicians, and Indiana State Department of Health  to develop criteria based on the 2009 Guidelines for Care of Children in the Emergency Department, for a voluntary 2-tier Pediatric Facility Recognition Program. This program will recognize Emergency departments in Indiana that are ready to care for children with medical emergencies.  

Stay tuned in the New Year as I-EMSC rolls out the application process. 

Is your Emergency Department wanting to increase your Pediatric Readiness assessment? 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

You may nominate someone that goes above and beyond for children,  or has done something extraordinary for a child.  iEMSC is accepting 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

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. 

October 2017 Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator Newsletter

Do you have content or a specific question to ask?  This newsletter focuses on the pediatric emergency 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

I-EMSC seeks to reduce gaps in care provided to children across the state. National State Program initiatives include ensuring that hospitals have written interfacility transfer guidelines for pediatric patients to provide timely transfer to pediatric or tertiary referral centers when medically necessary.  In 2006 the Institute of Medicine published "Growing Pains," reporting that, although, pediatric patients comprise 27% of emergency visits; many hospitals and EMS agencies are not well equipped to handle pediatric patients.

Interfacility Transfer Guidelines/Memorandums of Understanding 
Interfacility agreements serve as a standard operating procedure set between Hospital A (the transferring hospital) and Hospital B (the receiving hospital).
Pediatric Readiness Toolkit 
Everything you need to develop interfac ility guidelines and agreements.
This comprehensive toolkit has examples and resources to help prepare your emergency department for pediatric emergencies.  You will find resources on QI processes, Nurse Coordinator Role, Equipment Checklists, Interfacility Transfer Agreements/Guidelines, Sample Policies/Procedures/Protocols and much more.  

To access the Interfacility Transfer Tool Kit click here


Winter is upon us and parents will need to keep children warm and safe.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has developed these helpful tips.

What to Wear
  • Dress infants and children warmly for outdoor activities.  Several thin layers will keep them dry and warm. Don't forget warm boots, gloves or mittens, and a hat. Choose boots that are large enough to comfortably accommodate two pairs of socks.
  • When riding in the car, babies and children should wear thin, snug layers rather than thick, bulky coats or snowsuits. See Winter Car Seat Safety Tips from the AAP for help keeping your little ones warm and safe in the car. 
  • Blankets, quilts, pillows, bumpers, sheepskins and other loose bedding should be kept out of an infant's sleeping environment because they are associated with suffocation deaths and may contribute to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). It is better to use sleep clothing like one-piece sleepers or wearable blankets is preferred.
  • Hypothermia develops when a child's temperature falls below normal due to exposure to colder temperatures. It often happens when a youngster is playing outdoors in extremely cold weather without wearing proper clothing or when clothes get wet. It can occur more quickly in children than in adults.
  • As hypothermia sets in, the child may shiver and become lethargic and clumsy.  Speech may become slurred and body temperature will decline in more severe cases.
  • If you suspect your child is hypothermic, call 911 at once. Until help arrives, take the child indoors, remove any wet clothing, and wrap him in blankets or warm clothes.  
For more winter safety tips click  here

Information provided by:  American Academy of Pediatrics


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
  • 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