September 2017
Monthly Newsletter

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  Please notify iEMSC if you plan to become a training site, or if you have additional questions by contacting

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

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

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

"Disasters Don't Plan Ahead. You can."  
Each year during September, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) supports the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) sponsored National Preparedness Month to enable citizens to prepare for and respond to all types of emergencies, including natural disasters and terrorist attacks. This year's theme is " Disasters Don't Plan Ahead. You Can ." The AAP Children and Disasters Web site has a dedicated resource page for National Preparedness Month . This Web page includes ideas for members who wish to get involved or implement general preparedness activities, including strategies to address influenza prevention and control in high risk children. 

During National Preparedness Month, the AAP asks members to take specific actions to promote pediatric emergency readiness in September:  

* Begin conversations with families about potential disasters in their area. Share the AAP Family Readiness Kit. This kit includes simple steps and information that will help families prepare for a disaster. 
* Enhance your influenza prevention and control strategies. Get your annual flu shot and encourage others to do the same. Share the CDC Ready Wrigley activity book on influenza with families
* Improve your personal preparedness planning. The Preparedness Checklist for Pediatric Practices  offers tips on preparing an office practice for disasters. To request complimentary print copies,e-mail 
* Work with or become a Disaster Preparedness Chapter Contact  for your state.

Information provided by: American Academy of Pediatrics
2017 Child Passenger Safety Week

Child Passenger Safety Week: September 17-23, 2017
National Seat Check Saturday: September 23, 2017
Every 33 seconds, one child under the age of 13 is involved in a crash.  Many times deaths and injuries can be prevented by proper use of car seats, boosters, and seat belts.
Use this toolkit to download materials and get information on how to generate awareness about child car safety in your community.  
Click here and get your materials now.  

Information provided by: U.S. Department of Transportation


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.
  • ATV Safety Institute Instructor Preparation (IP) Course. Sponsored by the Indiana Coalition for ATV Safety.  Class size is limited to 8 people.  To apply, application must be received by August 15, 2017.  The course is November 7-10, 2017.  Time: 8:00am-5:00pm. Cost=$100.  Location: Interlake Recreation Area, East 200 IN-68, Lynnville, IN.  For more information, click here.
  • 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
  • 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