October 2017
Monthly Newsletter

SITES STILL NEEDED! Letters of interest are requested by October 13, 2017.
PEDIATRIC READINESS QUALITY COLLABORATIVE-Application deadline is October 31, at 5pm CDT.
The EMSC Innovation and Improvement Center (EIIC) is leading a Quality Improvement Collaborative, Pediatric Readiness Quality Collaborative (PRQC), to assist hospital emergency departments to improve their pediatric readiness. A Train-the-Trainer model will be used to provide networks with tools to improve pediatric readiness. Twenty teams, composed of training and affiliate sites will be guided to develop local quality improvement efforts to foster pediatric readiness. A children's hospital or comprehensive medical center may apply to become a trainer site with 8-12 affiliate sites.  Indiana hospitals may apply.  

To learn more about the PRQC, please visit the EIIC https://emscimprovement.center/collaboratives/PRQuality-collaborative/about-prquality-collaborative/  Please notify iEMSC if you plan to become a training site, or if you have additional questions by contacting

In person training November 2, 2017.
iEMSC and the Indiana Department of Education are pleased to announce the Indiana School Nurse Emergency Care course fall in person training date. 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

To learn more about iEMSC, please watch our new, information videos: iEMSC Mission, iEMSC Serving Healthcare Providers, and iEMSC School Nurse Emergency Course found on the main page under Education Opportunities.  

iEMSC is seeking your assistance in further identifying Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinators (PECC) in each of Indiana's hospital emergency departments.  These individuals can be a physician or a nurse who focus on ensuring children are effectively cared for in the emergency department.  If you wish to become involved or have additional questions, please contact  

Do you know someone that goes above and beyond for children, 
or has done something extraordinary for a child?  If so, please nominate that pediatric hero!  
iEMSC will be taking nominations all year long for the amazing work that happens on behalf 
of children all over the State of Indiana. You can nominate your healthcare hero by completing 
this   nomination form   and then emailing it to  margo.knefelkamp@indianapolisems.org

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

Do you have content or a specific question to ask?  This newsletter focuses on the pediatric emergency 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.

In 2015, 613 Hoosier babies died before their first birthday.  That's nearly 12 babies a week.

Tips for parents and caregivers of infants to help reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep related causes of infant death. 

1. ALWAYS place your baby on their back to sleep.

2. Place your baby on a firm sleep surface like a safety-approved mattress covered with a tight-fitting sheet. 

3.  Keep loose bedding, soft animals, and toys out of your baby's sleep area.  

4. Do not allow smoking around your baby.

5.  Keep your baby's sleep area close to, but separate from where you and others sleep.

The 5th Annual Labor of Love Summit is November 15, 2017 at the JW Marriott Indianapolis, 10 S. West Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204. Participants will have access to national renowned experts who will share their experiences and provide tools and insight to help address the dual tragedies of opioid addiction and infant mortality.  Register here

Information provided by: Indiana State Department of Health 
National Cyber Security Awareness

Seven in ten young people are victims of cyberbullying. 

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month which is an annual campaign to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity. The Internet touches almost all aspects of everyone's daily life, whether we realize it or not. 

National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) is designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity, provide them with tools and resources needed to stay safe online, and increase the resiliency of the Nation in the event of a cyber incident.

For toolkit materials, click here

Information provided by:   U.S. Department of Homeland Security


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 November 2, 2017.
  • Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Investigation (SUIDI): A Systematic Training Program for the Professional Infant Death Investigation Specialist. Free training for EMS providers, law enforcement, prosecutors, corners, and pathologists.  October 11, 2017, 9am-4:30pm  Indiana Law Enforcement Academy 5401 Sugar Grove Rd. Plainfield, IN 46168. For more information please contact Gretchen Martin.
  • 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.
  • MESH 2017 Grand Rounds Series.  Syria-Sarin and Other Substances: How Prepared Are We?  Speaker: John S. Urbanetti, MD. National/international expert on medical implications of & response to nerve agents, chemicals, other weapons of mass destruction. Tuesday December 5, 2017.  7:30 am Free Continental Breakfast.  Presentation 8-9am.  Location: Eskenazi Health Center-Pecar, 6940 N. Michigan Rd. Indianapolis, IN 46208. To register, click here.  
  • 5th Annual EMS Medical Directors' Conference. Friday April 27, 2018, 8am-5pm.  Ritz Charles 12156 N. Meridian Street, Carmel, IN 46032.  For more information contact indianatrauma@isdh.in.gov
  • 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