February 2018
Monthly Newsletter


You may nominate someone that goes above and beyond for children, or has done something extraordinary for a child. Nominate your pediatric hero by completing  this   nomination form   and then emailing to 

The Indiana Chapter of The Emergency Nurses Association and I-EMSC continues to identify Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinators. 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

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 margo.knefelkamp@indianapolisems.org.

Indiana Emergency Departments  may be recognized as Pediatric Ready or  Pediatric Advanced.  Criteria  for recognition are based on national standards  for care of children in the emergency department.  Pediatric  Ready  represents the minimum  requirements to ensure  an e mergency department is prepared to  care for any child.  Pediatric Advanced  reflects a higher level of readiness and resources to care for children.
Applications will be available beginning in March. Stay tuned to social media-Twitter, FaceBook,  and IEMSC website for future communications.  

Specific questions can be directed to Program Manager, Margo Knefelkamp via email.   margo.knefelkamp@indianapolisems.org  

According to the Domestic Violence Awareness Project, approximately 1.5 million high school students in the United States experience physical abuse from a dating partner. One-quarter of parents don't talk to their teens about domestic violence.

What You Can Do
  • Talk to teens about the importance of developing healthy, respectful relationships.
  • Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime. Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name calling, are a "normal" part of a relationship. However, these behaviors can become abusive and develop into more serious forms of violence. That is why adults need to talk to teens now about the importance of developing healthy, respectful relationships.
  • Dating violence can have a negative effect on health throughout life. Victims of teen dating violence are more likely to experience symptoms of depression and anxiety. They might also engage in unhealthy behaviors, such as using tobacco, drugs, and alcohol. Teens who are victims in high school are at higher risk for victimization during college and in adult relationships.
The CDC's has developed informational guides and can be accessed here

Information Provided by Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Teen Dating Violence. 


Upcoming Courses:
  • Pediatric Issues in Disasters.  ASPR's Technical resources, Assistance Center, and the Information Exchange (TRACIE) is holding its first webinar of 2018 on pediatric issues duing disasters Tuesday February 13, 2018 from 1:00PM-2:20PM EST.  Register here for this free webinar.  
  • 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 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