May 2017
Monthly Newsletter

HAPPY EMS WEEK MAY 21-27th, 2017 and EMSC DAY May 24th, 2017
iEMSC would like to take this opportunity to thank all Emergency Medical Services Providers.  We recognize and honor you for taking care of our community throughout the state of Indiana.  We know you work hard and provide extraordinary care.  iEMSC supports the work you do and continues to be a pediatric resource for you along the way.  Wednesday of EMS week is Emergency Medical Services for Children Day.   The purpose of the annual EMSC Day celebration is to raise awareness about the need to improve and expand specialized care for children in the prehospital and acute care settings. 

Please join us in celebrating the amazing work that your fellow Hoosiers do to enhance and save the lives of children in our community .
Keynote Speaker: Jennifer Walthall, MD, FSSA Secretary for the State of Indiana.    Location: Community Healthplex, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 3660 N. Guion Rd. Indianapolis, IN 46222  Time: 9:00-11am. Please RSVP to 

iEMSC EMS assessment of new performance measures is available until May 31, 2017. The goal of this assessment is to understand the capabilities of EMS agencies in our state to treat ill or injured children, specifically in regards to the use of pediatric specific equipment and the coordination of pediatric care.  The assessment is conducted on a secure web-based system, is short, and should take about 5 to 10 minutes for completion.  Responses are confidential. Go to, select state, county, and agency name.  If your agency is not part of the random sample, you may print a copy and self-assess.  

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) is promoting a World CPR Challenge for EMS Week. This is a great opportunity for EMS services and hospitals in your state/territory to promote educating the public in how to perform bystander CPR. ACEP will be tracking CPR training for the public that is offered during EMS Week, May 21 - 27, 2017. This is designed to be basic information training on Compression-Only CPR for the public, but CPR certification courses could also be offered. Although compression-only CPR is not recommended for children, promoting bystander CPR in general does save lives, including children's lives.  At the end of your training session, log into the CPR Challenge Reporting webpage to document the number of individuals you trained.   The URL is available at:

To complete the assessment, this should be done in coordination with your ED Nurse Manager or ED Director, go to, 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

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) Division of Trauma and Injury Prevention (DTIP) is pleased to announce the release of the updated Suicide in Indiana Report. The report features suicide data from 2011 through 2015, and self-inflicted emergency department and hospitalization data from 2011 through 2014. The previous report was released in September 2013. Suicide is a major preventable public health problem throughout the United States and Indiana. Individuals who die by suicide cross all economic, racial/ethnic, age and social boundaries. Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death among Hoosiers and self-inflicted injury contributes to the number of hospitalizations and emergency department visits each year.

In an effort to describe the burden of suicide in Indiana, the ISDH DTIP compiles and disseminates data based on the most recent mortality and morbidity data available at the state and national levels. This data helps identify populations at risk for suicide and reveal trends in suicide incidence and prevalence. The objective of this report is to define the problem, both in the U.S. and in Indiana, and provide an overview of risk factors, protective factors, prevention issues and local and national resources available.

HEADS UP Rocket Blades Game on Concussion Safety for Children

CDC HEADS UP Rocket Blades is first-ever, mobile game app developed by the CDC, that teaches concussion safety to children ages 6 to 8. Through a futuristic world of galactic racing adventures, the game aims to help children learn the benefits of playing it safe and smart! Children must keep their players safe by avoiding obstacles that could lead to a concussion and make smart choices about resting players who have a concussion. When players are injured the game simulates concussion symptoms, making the screen blurry and play more challenging. At the end of each level, a doctor checks out all the players to make sure they are healthy to race, and their brains are rested and recharged. As children skate through levels they collect power gems. Power gems fuel up a spaceship that will blast off to Galactic City for a winner's all-star dance party that is out of this world! As an added bonus, children can take a selfie and insert themselves into the dance party.
CDC HEADS UP Rocket Blades helps children understand the following learning points:
  • hitting your head can cause brain injury (concussion);
  • you should tell your coach, parent, or another adult if you hit your head;
  • you should rest before returning to play and see a doctor if you hit your head; and
  • helmets alone cannot prevent concussions.


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.
  • Annual Injury Prevention (IPAC) Conference Making Connections: Community, Programs, and Progress. The third annual IPAC conference will be held on Monday, May 15, 2017 at the Conner Prairie Interactive History Park (13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers, IN 46038) in the Overlook Room in the Welcome Center. If you would like to receive notification when registration opens, please email:
  • 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:
  • ATS Trauma Program Manager Course-Sunday June 11-Monday June 12, 2017. Time: 8am-5pm.  Location: French Lick, IN 47432 To Register:  To view the flyer, please click here
  • 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 ( ). 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