March 2019
Monthly Newsletter

You may nominate someone that goes above and beyond for children, or has done something extraordinary for a child. The deadline to submit is April 7th, 2019. You can nominate your pediatric  hero today by completing this  nomination form  and then emailing it to

Application packets are now available. Interested  hospitals, please contact Program Manager, 
Margo Knefelkamp via email 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." 

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
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 2: Health Provider Standards

a) Ready
i) Physician
(1)  All physicians shall have training in the care of pediatric patients either through residency training or practice
(2)  Successfully completes and maintains certification in Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) or Advanced Pediatric Life Support (APLS). Physicians who are board eligible or certified by the American Board of Emergency Physicians or board eligible or certified in Pediatric Emergency Medicine are excluded from this requirement
(3)  All physicians caring for children shall have documentation of a minimum of 12 hours of continuing medical education (AMA Category I or II) in pediatric emergency topics every two (2) years  


ii) Advanced practice provider (working under the supervision of a physician who meets above requirements)
(1) Completed advanced practice nursing program with some focus on  pediatric medicine or physician assistant program with evidence of competencies in the care of pediatric patients
(2) Successfully completes and maintains certification in PALS, APLS or Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course (ENPC)
       (3) Documentation of 16 hours of continuing education in pediatric emergency topics every two (2) years


iii)  Nurse  
(1)  At least one nurse on each shift who is responsible for the care of  
pediatric patients has completed and maintains certification in 
(2)  At least one nurse on shift must have documentation of minimum of 8
hours of continuing education in pediatric emergency care every two  (2) years


iv)  Respiratory Therapist
(1) At least one respiratory therapist on shift or available for consultation shall have specific pediatric airway education


v)  Medic/Tech
(1) At lease one Medic/Tech on shift must have documentation of a  minimum of 8 hours of continuing education in pediatric care every  two (2) years


b)  Advanced
i)  Physician
(1) 24 hour coverage in the Emergency Department by at least one  physician with specific training in pediatric medicine including physicians board eligible or certified in emergency medicine or pediatric emergency medicine
(2)  Telephone consultation with a physician board certified in pediatrics or pediatric emergency medicine shall be available 24 hours per day
(3)  Back-up physician with specific training in pediatric medicine should be available 24 hours per day to assist with critical situations, increased surge or disaster
(4)  Baseline and periodic competency evaluations in pediatric medicine shall be performed every two (2) years


ii)  APP
(1) In addition to the Ready Qualification above, the provider shall  complete baseline and  periodic competency evaluation in pediatric   medicine


iii)  Nurse

 (1) All nurses assigned to the emergency department shall have documentation of a minimum 8 hours of CEU in pediatric emergency/critical care every two (2) years 


c)  Pediatric Critical Care
i ) Under consideration

Questions? Please contact Margo Knefelkamp via email

The intent of the EMS Medical Directors' Conference is to orient EMS Medical Directors to evidence-based guidelines and overall EMS best practices. Though the event is specifically geared towards EMS Medical Directors and those in EMS Leadership, anyone is welcome to attend.   Earn up to 5.0 EMS Credits.
At the completion of this event, the participant will be able to:
  • Discuss the most up to date standards of care for Emergency Medicine.
  • Develop a strategy for practicing Emergency Medicine using the most up to date standards of care.
  • Discuss the results of recent outcome-based research in prehospital emergency medical care. 
  • EMS Medical Directors
  • Paramedics
  • Public Safety Officials
  • Emergency Department Leadership
  • Hospital Administration 
To register: Click here
Have questions about 6th Annual EMS Medical Directors' Conference?  Contact


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.
  • 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