May 2019
Monthly Newsletter

Please join us in celebrating the amazing work that fellow Hoosiers do to enhance and save the lives of children throughout Indiana. 
Date: Wednesday May 22, 2019.  Time: 9:00 am Breakfast, 9:15am Welcome, and 9:30am Program begins. Keynote speaker: Michael Kaufmann, MD, FACEP, FAEMS. Location: IEMS Conference Center, 3976 Georgetown Rd, Indianapolis, Indiana.  RSVP via email to Program Manager, Margo Knefelkamp 

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." 

Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2019  Time: 1:00pm ET/12:00pm CT
Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Day is taking place on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. The EMSC Innovation and Improvement Center (IIC) is conducting a webinar to assist prehospital professionals to make patient care decisions based upon the best evidence available to improve patient outcomes. During this webinar, the presenters will review the prehospital pediatric evidence-based guidelines for the management of asthma, seizures, pain, and cardiac arrest.  Register here.

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 4: Patient Safety

a) Ready
i)  Pediatric patients shall be weighed and have weights documented in  kilograms
ii)  Infants, children, and adolescents have a full set of vital signs recorded to  include temperature, heart rate, respiratory rate, pulse oximetry, and  pain
iii)  Age appropriate pain scale should be used at all times.
iv)  Blood pressure, and wave form capnography monitoring is available for  children of all ages on the basis of illness and injury severity
v)  Process is in place for identifying abnormal vital signs according to the  age of the patient and for notifying the physician or advance practice  provider of abnormal values obtained
vi)  Processes for safe medication storage, prescribing, and delivery is  established, and should include the use of pre-calculated weight/length/age-based dosing guidelines for infants, children, and adolescents
vii)Infection control practices, including hand hygiene and use of personal protective equipment are implemented, monitored and practiced
viii) Process to allow access to 24/7 interpreter services
ix) Timely reporting, tracking, and evaluation of patient safety events 

b)  Advanced
i) No additional requirements

Questions? Please contact Margo Knefelkamp, I-EMSC Program Manager via email


Governor Eric J. Holcomb recently signed a proclamation declaring May 22nd, 2019 as Emergency Medical Services for Children Day in the State of Indiana.  

EMS for Children Day places a spotlight on the delivery of high-quality emergency medical care for children, focusing on the unique needs of critically ill or injured pediatric patients and the challenges faced by EMS professionals in meeting those needs. The purpose of the annual EMS for Children Day is to highlight the distinctive aspects of caring for children and to raise awareness about the need to improve and expand specialized care for children in prehospital and acute care settings. The EMSC program is working with EMS leaders nationwide to ensure that all children - no matter where they live, attend school, or travel, receive the best care possible in an emergency.
This event is taking place during  National EMS Week 2019, which has a theme "BEYOND the CALL." This year's National EMS Week theme days are:
  • Monday - Education
  • Tuesday - Safety Tuesday
  • Wednesday - EMS for Children Day
  • Thursday - Save-A-Life (CPR and Stop the Bleed)
  • Friday - EMS Recognition
For more information or things you can do to celebrate, visit  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.
  • 2019 National Healthcare Coalition Preparedness Conference: Call for Abstracts.  The 2019 National Healthcare Coalition Preparedness Conference (NHCPC) will take place on December 3-5, 2019, in Houston, Texas. This gathering of State, local, tribal and territorial healthcare coalition members and other preparedness professionals will facilitate the discussion and dissemination of best practices, lessons learned, tools and resources necessary to strengthen and enhance the work of healthcare coalitions.  The conference organizers have placed a Call for Abstracts with a submission deadline of May 15th at 11:59pm EST.  For questions about the event, e-mail
  • 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