November 2018
Monthly Newsletter




ANNOUNCEMENTS
INDIANA PEDIATRIC FACILITY RECOGNITION PROGRAM
Application packets are now available. Interested  hospitals, please contact Clinical Quality Improvement Specialist, Dale Merrill, RN via email  dmerrill@isdh.in.gov or phone 317-234-9680 office, 317-619-5520 mobile.   Indiana hospital emergency departments may apply to be recognized as "Pediatric Ready" or "Pediatric Advanced." 

EMSC PEDIATRIC HEROES AWARD NOMINATION FORMS NOW AVAILABLE
iEMSC will now be taking nominations for the amazing work that happens on behalf of children all over the State of Indiana.  Please make your nomination today!  You can nominate your pediatric healthcare hero today by completing this nomination form and then emailing it to margo.knefelkamp@indianapolisems.org

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY 
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.

PEDIATRIC COMMUNITY OUTREACH MOBILE EDUCATION (PCOME)
Needing assistance with onsite training at your hospital or have pediatric specific policy and procedure questions?  The PCOME team provides training and expertise to community hospital healthcare providers and consists of Pediatric Intensivists, Pediatric Critical Care RNs, and Pediatric Respiratory Therapists.  For more information please visit their website pediatrics.iu.edu/pcome/

 
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


PEDIATRIC ADVOCATE CORNER
PEDIATRICIANS MAKE CHANGE TO CHILD CAR SEAT GUIDELINES
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is publishing updated recommendations on car safety seats. The AAP recommends children remain in a rear-facing car safety seat as long as possible, until the child reaches the highest weight or height allowed by their seat.  

When a child rides rear-facing, the head, neck, and spine are all supported by the hard shell of the car safety seat, allowing the car seat to absorb most of the crash forces, and protecting the most vulnerable parts of the body. When children ride forward-facing, their bodies are restrained by the harness straps, but their heads - which for toddlers are disproportionately large and heavy - are thrown forward, possibly resulting in spine and head injuries.

Parents should check the instruction manual and the labels on a car safety seat to find the manufacturer's weight and height limits. When a child is approaching one of those limits, it is time to think about transitioning to the next stage.

To view a complete list of the AAP recommendations please click here.

Information provided from the  American Academy of Pediatrics
SPECIAL INTEREST
GUIDELINES FOR QUALITY IMPROVEMENT IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM
 
Interested in resources regarding the integration of pediatric patient care-review processes into the Quality Improvement/Performance Improvement plan of your emergency department?  

To access pediatric readiness toolkits please click here


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EDUCATION AND  PEDIATRIC RELATED EVENTS

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 Spring 2019.
  • 2018 Labor of Love Summit.  Presented by Indiana State Department of Health.  When: November 14th, 2018 Location: J.W. Marriott. 10 S. West Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204. Register here
  • 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.  The National Healthcare Coalition Preparedness Conference highlights best practices of healthcare coalitions from across the United States.  This conference provides an opportunity to network with peers, share ideas, and learn from others' experiences in building and sustaining effective healthcare coalitions.  
  • 2018 Midwest Injury Prevent Alliance (MIPA) Summit. Presented by Indiana State Department of Health.  When: November 29 & 30th. Contact indianatrauma@isdh.in.gov for registration details.
  • 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
margo.knefelkamp@indianapolisems.org
(317) 630-7742