January 2017
Monthly Newsletter
Happy New Year!

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.  

A 2010 report by the National Commission on Children and Disasters identified a training gap for emergency responders, first receivers, and emergency management personnel that reduced their effectiveness in responding to pediatric patients and their unique needs/considerations. This course addresses pediatric emergency planning and medical response considerations through a combination of lectures, small group exercises, and a tabletop exercise.

Topics include: 
  • Introduction to Pediatric Response
  • Emergency Management (EM) Considerations
  • Implications for Planning and Response
  • Functional Access Needs Considerations
  • Mass Sheltering
  • Pediatric Triage and Allocation of Scarce Resources
  • Pediatric Reunification Considerations
  • Pediatric Decontamination Considerations
Space is limited!  Please plan to arrive on March 27th at 7:45 to check-in.  Be sure to register here.  Questions can be sent directly via email to margo.knefelkamp@indianapolisems.org

The Pediatric Readiness Assessment will stay open to allow hospitals to take the assessment for Quality Improvement purposes.  Each facilities responses to the assessment are important to develop meaningful needed benchmarks and growth indicators, and to provide the best possible data for the development of local and regional gap analyses and targets resources. Responses will be kept confidential and will be combined with responses from other hospitals for reporting purposes only.   In early 2017, a hospital's name will not be removed from the portal after the hospital takes the assessment thus allowing them to re-assess multiple times.

All hospitals with an emergency department that is open 24/7 may complete the assessment. 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. It is recommended that you print a paper version of the assessment prior to submitting electronically as the survey cannot be reopened to make changes. It is estimated to take on average 26 minutes to complete the online assessment once you have compiled your data.

Indiana EMS for Children will recognize Pediatric Heroes at Annual Breakfast and Award Program on May 17, 2017.  Please make your nominations before it is too late. You can nominate your healthcare hero by completing this   nomination form   and then emailing it to margo.knefelkamp@indianapolisems.org .  Do  you wish to recognize someones as delivering excellence in their field and making a positive experience  for a child?  If so, please nominate that pediatric hero! 

Mikesell's recalls Nacho Cheese Tortilla chips because of salmonella risk.  2.25 oz bags of Nacho Cheese tortilla Chips were distributed in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, and Illinois. For more information please visit http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm535015.htm
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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.

Disaster Preparedness for Children
On September 16, 2016 the final rule for Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers Final Rule was announced. Healthcare providers have until November 16, 2017 to comply and implement.  The purpose of the rule is to ensure adequate planning disasters, and coordination of regional and local emergency preparedness systems. 
This rule applies to 17 provider and supplier types as a condition of participating for CMS.  A provider or supplier must meet four core elements. 
1. Emergency plan-Develop an emergency plan based on a risk assessment and using an "all-hazards" approach, which will provide an integrated system for emergency planning that focuses on capacities and capabilities.
2. Policies and procedures-Develop and implement policies and procedures based on the emergency plan and risk assessment that are reviewed and updated at least annually. For hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), and Long-Term Care (LTC) facilities, the policies and procedures must address the provision of subsistence needs, such as food, water and medical supplies, for staff and residents, whether they evacuate or shelter in place.
3. Communication plan-Develop and maintain an emergency preparedness communication plan that complies with federal, state and local laws. Patient care must be coordinated within the facility, across healthcare providers, and with state and local public health departments and emergency management systems to protect patient health and safety in the event of a disaster.
4. A training and testing program-Develop and maintain training and testing programs, including initial training in policies and procedures. Facility staff will have to demonstrate knowledge of emergency procedures and provide training at least 1 annually. Facilities must conduct drills and exercises to test the emergency plan or participate in an actual incident that tests the plan.
The EIIC and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) created resources to aid in implementation planning for pediatric preparedness.  

Winter in Indiana is here and we are experiencing  mild temperatures.  Children may want to venture out onto frozen ponds or lakes to play on the ice.  The ice may not be thick enough to support walking.  

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recommends  these guidelines to judge the SAFETY of FRESH SOLID ICE
  • One inch of ice -STAY OFF!!!
  • Four inches of ice - Needed for safe ice fishing
  • Five inches of ice - Needed for snowmobiling
  • Eight inches of ice - Needed to support the weight of a car or light truck.
  • Ten inches of ice - Needed to support a medium weight truck.
For more information and educational tools, please visit: http://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/3601.htm


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
  • 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.
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) - Indiana Chapter  January 13, 2017  f rom 8:30 to 5pm at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Indianapolis for Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT) workshop hosted by AFSP Indiana.   Please  share this exciting opportunity to learn about ABFT with the Health Professionals in your life and in your community.   Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT)  is an empirically supported, trust-based, emotion-focused psychotherapy model designed to improve family and individual processes associated with adolescent suicide and depression.  Its goal is to repair interpersonal ruptures and rebuild an emotionally protective parent-child relationship. Who Should Attend?  Clinical Psychologists, Counselors, Couple/Family Therapists, Psychiatrists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers and other mental health professionals. CE Credits offered through NASW and NBCC.
    Register Today to attend ABFT Workshop.   To learn more about ABFT, and the research to develop ABFT visit the  Research Connection.
  • 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