July 2018
Monthly Newsletter


The Indiana EMSC Assessment of Indiana Hospital Emergency Departments is now complete.  This assessment collected data on pediatric specific written interfacility transfer guidelines and  agreements. 82% of Indiana Hospital Emergency Departments participated in this assessment.  THANK YOU to Indiana Emergency Departments, iEMSC partners, and all the champions throughout the state of Indiana who assisted in making this assessment successful.   

Interested  hospitals, please contact Program Manager, Margo Knefelkamp via email margo.knefelkamp@indianapolisems.org Indiana hospital emergency departments may apply to be recognized as Pediatric Ready or Pediatric Advanced. Application packets will be sent to hospitals post official document release.

EMS Agencies who have identified a Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator please contact   margo.knefelkamp@indianapolisems.org to participate in 3 focus sessions to discuss; responsibilities of the PECC, barriers to PECC implementation, pediatric-focused quality improvement, developing and implementing pediatric guidelines/protocols, and best practices in conducting pediatric skill assessment.  

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


The Indiana Department of Homeland Security and the State Fire Marshal reminds all families and individuals that while fireworks can brighten up events, practicing safety can help keep the festivities going longer.  

  • Use extreme caution when lighting fireworks in the wind.  Keep spectators where the wind is blowing away from them.
  • Never smoke or consume alcohol when lighting fireworks.
  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
  • Always have a fire extinguisher or water supply, such as a hose or bucket of water nearby.

To access the full safety sheet including tips, firework laws, and additional information click here.  Information provided from the 
Suicide rates in Indiana continue to increase.  On average, one person dies by suicide every eight hours in the state.  More than twice as many people die by suicide in Indiana annually than by homicide.  

The Indiana State Department of Health and Indiana Family and Social Services Administration Division of Mental Health and Addiction developed the Indiana State Suicide Prevention Plan to be a resource guide for suicide awareness, prevention, intervention, postvention, and evaluation.  

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Indiana Chapter brings together people of all backgrounds in communities throughout the state to fight suicide.  AFSP helps fund research, and educational programs. For more information please contact AFSP Indiana via email indiana@afsp.org

The Indiana State Suicide Prevention Plan may be found here


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.
  • Save the Date. Trauma Conference: 2018 William J. Millikan Vital Signs Conference.  Presented by St.Vincent Evansville Trauma Services and St.Vincent StatFlight.  When: August 23 and 24th Location: Double Tree by Hilton Evansville, IN.  2 day conference targeting pre-hospital through rehabilitation. 
  • 2018 National Healthcare Coalition Preparedness Conference.  Presented by MESH Coalition.  When: November 27-29, 2018. Location: Hilton Riverside New Orleans, Louisiana 70130  Registration now available.  
  • 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