February 2019
Monthly Newsletter

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." 

PEPP is a complete source of prehospital medical information for the emergency care of infants and children. Developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, PEPP's curriculum is designed to teach prehospital professionals how to better assess and manage ill or injured children.
To host a PEPP course, please contact margo.knefelkamp@indianapolisems.org

You may nominate someone that goes about and beyond for children, or has done something extraordinary for a child.  You can nominate your pediatric  hero today by completing this nomination form and then emailing it to   margo.knefelkamp@indianapolisems.org

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 1: Administration and Coordination.  

a) Ready
(i) One Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator (PECC) should be assigned. 
(1)  This individual can be a nurse, advanced practice provider (APP) or  physician
(2)  Administrative time should be set aside for the PECC to promote  pediatric specific activities including, but not limited to, education,  quality improvement initiatives and policy development
(3)  Individual should spend significant clinical time in the emergency  department where he or she serves as the PECC

b)  Advanced
(i)  One nurse or APP PECC
(1) Administrative time shall be set aside for the PECC
(ii)  One physician PECC
(1)  Administrative time shall be set aside for the physician PECC to  promote pediatric specific activities including, but not limited to,
education, quality improvement initiatives, and policy development
(2)  May serve as the physician PECC for multiple sites, as long he or she is able to perform all of the prescribed duties adequately

Definition for Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator  Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator (PECC)
  • A physician or nurse who has specific duties to address staff training,
    equipment and policies in regards to the care of children in the emergency
  • Facilitates ED pediatric QI/PI activities
  • Serves as liaison/coordinator to appropriate in-hospital and out of- hospital
    pediatric care committees and other providers of pediatric inpatient or emergency care in the community, including EMS and definitive pediatric care hospitals
  • Facilitates hospital based educational activities, ED nursing continuing education in pediatrics and ensuring that pediatric-specific elements are included in orientation for new staff members
  • Ensures that initial and annual competency evaluations completed by the ED staff are pertinent to children of all ages
  • Promotes pediatric disaster preparedness for the ED and participates in hospital disaster-preparedness activities
  • Promotes patient and family education in illness and injury prevention
  • Provides assistance and support for pediatric education of out-of-hospital
    providers who are affiliated with the ED
  • Works with clinical leadership to ensure the availability of pediatric
    equipment, medications, staffing, and other resources through the
    development and periodic review of ED standards, policies, and procedures
  • Ensures that the ED is prepared to care for children of all ages, including
    children with special healthcare needs.
Questions? Please contact Margo Knefelkamp via email margo.knefelkamp@indianapolisems.org
Indiana weather temperatures vary greatly throughout the day or week. Frozen waterways can be lots of fun, but can be hazardous.  The following tips will help you stay safe while ice fishing, skating, or any other activity.

--No ice is safe ice.
--A minimum of four inches of ice is recommended for ice fishing or skating.
--A minimum of five inches of ice is recommended for ATVs and snowmobiles.
--A minimum of eight inches of ice is recommended for cars and light trucks.
--A minimum of ten inches of ice is recommended for medium trucks.
--Always wear a life jacket or float coat and carry ice hooks.
--Don't go on the ice alone and always let a trusted person know where you're going and when you intend to return. Recommend to leave a note on the dash of your vehicle stating what you are doing and when you intend to return.
--Flowing bodies of water that are frozen on the surface, such as rivers and streams should always be avoided. Underground springs, wind, waterfowl and other animals can also keep ice thin. Snow cover can insulate ice preventing it from getting thicker. The thickness of ice should be tested periodically by drilling.
--If you witness someone fall through the ice call 9-1-1 immediately and keep the victim in sight until properly trained and equipped personnel arrive. A rescue of one person falling through the ice can quickly turn into a rescue or recovery of two people if an untrained or improperly equipped person falls through the ice attempting to rescue another person.

For more safety tips visit  https://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/3601.htm

Information provided by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources


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 Spring 2019.
  • 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