June 2017
Monthly Newsletter

The 6th Annual Pediatric Heroes Awards Breakfast was held May 24, 2017 on National EMSC Day.  Recipients were honored for their contribution and dedication to keep kids safe in Indiana.  Please congratulate: Ashlee Bruggenschmidt, Amanda Lawrie, Cris Lunsford, Tamara Lynn, Lucas Puckett, Hannah Putnam, Michael Sharp, Ryan Archer, Jason Davis, Luke Donaldson, John Gray, Ryan Gomez, Nicole Hall, Donna Hannah, Travis Hensler, Campbell Holinger, Donald Jones, Amy Ledford, David Lehenbauer, Noe Reyes, and Joshua Ryan.  

To view pictures from the event, please view iEMSC Twitter @IndianaEMSC.

The Indiana EMSC EMS Assessment is now complete.  The assessment is based on new EMSC program performance measures that began March 1, 2017. The assessment collected baseline data for EMS agencies who respond to 911 and their pediatric emergency care capabilities.  Special THANK YOU to EMS agencies, iEMSC partners, and all the champions throughout Indiana who assisted in making this assessment successful!

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. 

Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator Newsletter

The fourth 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.

Check the pool!
Well maintained pools are less likely to spread germs. Injuries and drownings are less likely in pools that have trained staff and adequate safety equipment. Before you swim, you can check the pool yourself using the following checklist:
  • Check the pool's latest inspection results.
  • Make sure the drain at the bottom of the deep end is visible.
  • Check that the drain covers at the bottom appear to be secured and in good repair.
  • Use pool test strips to make sure the water's pH and free chlorine or bromine concentration are correct.
    • pH 7.2-7.8
    • free chlorine concentration of at least 3 ppm in hot tubs/spas and at least 1 ppm in other places with treated water
    • free bromine concentration of at least 4 ppm in hot tubs/spas and at least 3 ppm in other places with treated water
  • Check for a lifeguard:
    • If on duty, a lifeguard should be focused on the swimmers and not distracted.
    • If no lifeguard is on duty, a "No Lifeguard on Duty" sign should be posted.
  • If no lifeguard on duty, check to see where safety equipment, such as a rescue ring or pole, is available.
  • Make sure no chemicals are out in the open.
 Check yourself! Keep the pee, poop, sweat, blood, and dirt out of the water.
  • Stay out of the water if you have diarrhea.
  • Stay out of the water if you have an open wound (for example, from surgery or a piercing) that is not covered with a waterproof bandage.
  • Shower before you get in the water. Rinsing off in the shower for just 1 minute removes most of the dirt or anything else on your body. 
Protect yourself and others!
  • Protect against sunburn by using a sunscreen with at least SPF 15 that blocks both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Use well-fitting Coast Guard approved life jackets for flotation assistance rather than foam or air-filled toys.
Information provided by:   Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

Heatstroke is the leading cause of vehicular non-crash-related deaths for children under 14. In fact, each year, an average of 37 children have died from vehicle heatstroke between 1998-2015. While it seems like an impossible mistake to make, every parent or caregiver can potentially become distracted, and distractions often fuel this devastating situation. No one is immune. Yet, this tragedy is 100% preventable. The 2017 Heatstroke campaign will run over a three month period starting in June through August. The campaign will launch June 5th and will focus on the idea to Look Before You Lock!

To access the Heatstroke Prevention Toolkit click 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
To register for this course, please click here.  In person training to occur fall 2017.
  • Virtual Pediatric TBI symposium- June 9th, 2017. Washington State Department of Health is teaming up with Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center to hold a virtual symposium on pediatric TBI from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time Zone. Pre-Registration is available, visit:  https://zoom.us/j/725294690.
  • ATS Trauma Program Manager Course-Sunday June 11- Monday June 12, 2017. Time: 8am-5pm.  Location: French Lick, IN 47432 To Register:  http://www.amtrauma.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=889886&group  To view the flyer, please click here.
  • 2017 Indiana Emergency Response Conference (IREC).
    Working together  through Leadership & Safety. 
    September 20-23, 2017. Location: Sheraton Indianapolis at Keystone Crossing, 8787 Keystone Crossing, Indianapolis, IN 46240.  For more information click here
  • ATV Safety Institute Instructor Preparation (IP) Course. Sponsored by the Indiana Coalition for ATV Safety.  Class size is limited to 8 people.  To apply, application must be received by August 15, 2017.  The course is November 7-10, 2017.  Time: 8:00am-5:00pm. Cost=$100.  Location: Interlake Recreation Area, East 200 IN-68, Lynnville, IN.  For more information, click here.
  • National Healthcare Coalition Preparedness Conference.  November 28-30th, 2017.  Location: Sheraton Dan Diego Hotel & Marina. 1380 Harbor Island Dr. San Diego, California 92101. For more information and to register, click here
  • 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