February 2017
Monthly Newsletter

iEMSC EMS assessment of new performance measures will be open for completion March 1, 2017.  The goal of this assessment is to understand the capabilities of 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.  The portal will remain open until May 31, 2017.  A random sample of EMS Agencies across Indiana will receive an email from iEMSC Program Manager March 1, 2017.  

iEMSC is seeking your assistance in further identifying Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinators in each of Indiana's 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 margo.knefelkamp@indianapolisems.org.

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. 

iEMSC will recognize Pediatric Heroes at Annual Breakfast and Award Program on May 17, 2017.  You can still nominate your healthcare hero by completing this   nomination form   and then emailing it to margo.knefelkamp@indianapolisems.org .  

Certain Homeopathic Teething Products: Confirmed Levels of Belladonna.  The FDA recommends that consumers stop using these products marketed by Hyland's immediately, and dispose of any in their possession.   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.

Is your agency or organization searching for a resource guide to conduct an exercise to include infants and children?  The Illinois EMSC program has released a revised edition to expand the target audience to all response agencies.  

Children comprise a significant percentage of the population.  Most disasters that occur will likely impact children.  It is critical that all response agencies, including health care organizations, first responders (EMS, Fire and law enforcement), public health, schools, child care centers, and emergency management agencies, address the needs of children in their response plans and include children when they test these plans. By making it a standard practice to include children and children with special health care needs in every drill and exercise, agencies/organizations can adequately test the capacity of the system to handle a disaster with child victims.

The American Red Cross and its partners have launched an initiative that aims to reduce deaths and injuries caused by home fires by 25% in five years with the Home Fire Campaign.

Did you know?
  • On average 7 people die every day from a home fire.
  • On average 36 people suffer injuries as a result of home fires every day.
  • Over $7 billion in property damage occurs every year. 
If you, or someone you know needs a free lifesaving smoke alarm, please call 1-888-684-1441 or
Click Here to fill out the online form.  A Red Cross representative will contact you to schedule an installation time and create a home fire escape plan with you and your family.

T est your smoke alarms, practice fire drills in the home, and engage Indiana's youth in fire preparedness.
For more information and educational tools, please visit: http://www.redcross.org/local/indiana/home-fire-safety


Upcoming Courses:
  • 2017 MESH Grand Rounds Series: Water Water Everywhere...Hurricane Matthew Lessons in Response and Recovery.  On Thursday, February 23, 2017, Scott Hess, MPA, EMT-P, Assistant Healthcare Preparedness Coordinator, Metrolina Healthcare Preparedness Coalition, Charlotte, North Carolina will present at the Indianapolis EMS Conference Center, 3976 Georgetown Road, Indianapolis, IN 46254.  Mr. Hess will address: Historic flooding in the Carolinas - Severe infrastructure damage - Vast power outages - Coalition role(s) and impact - Team deployment - Resource demand - Shelter management - Hospital and long term care facility evacuations - Provider and responder roles.  For more information and how to register, click here.
  • 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.
  • Pediatric Disaster Response and Emergency Preparedness Course
    Indiana Emergency Medical Services for Children is hosting TEEX MGT-439, on March 27th and 28th, 2017. Training location is Indianapolis EMS Conference Room: 3976 Georgetown Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46254.  Register here.
  • DOSE Train-the-Trainer sessions are being held in March throughout Indiana.  Direct On-Scene Education (DOSE) is an innovative program aimed at eliminating sleep-related infant death due to suffocation, strangulation or positional asphyxia by using first responders to identify and remove hazards while delivering education on scene during emergency and non-emergency runs.
    Space is limited, so register soon! 
    To register, and for more information, contact Kelly Cunningham, kcunningham2@isdh.in.gov . The Indiana State Department of Health will be providing training manuals and program materials tailored to your community's needs.
  • 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