iEMSC to host Pediatric Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Course
A 2010 report by the National Commission on Children and Disasters identified a training gap for emergency responders, first receivers, and emergency management personnel that reduced their effectiveness in responding to pediatric patients and their unique needs/considerations. This course addresses pediatric emergency planning and medical response considerations through a combination of lectures, small group exercises, and a tabletop exercise.

Topics include: 
  • Introduction to Pediatric Response
  • Emergency Management (EM) Considerations
  • Implications for Planning and Response
  • Functional Access Needs Considerations
  • Mass Sheltering
  • Pediatric Triage and Allocation of Scarce Resources
  • Pediatric Reunification Considerations
  • Pediatric Decontamination Considerations
Space is limited!  Please plan to arrive on March 27th at 7:45 to check-in.  Be sure to register  here.  Questions can be sent directly via email to
Pediatric Emergency 
Care Coordinators

Indiana EMSC continues to identify Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator (PECC) contact/s at each of Indiana's Emergency departments including community-based hospitals and freestanding emergency departments. Research demonstrates that Emergency Departments who have these positions tend to be more prepared to take care of children.  The newly formed network of PECCs will focus on improvement in care capabilities across the state and develop a relationship across the state of Indiana.  

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CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule

On September 16, 2016 the final rule for Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers Final Rule was announced. Healthcare providers have until November 16, 2017 to comply and implement.  The purpose of the rule is to ensure adequate planning disasters, and coordination of regional and local emergency preparedness systems. 

Each hospital should have a plan that addresses the following pediatric issues:
  • Availability of medications, vaccines, equipment, and appropriately trained providers for children in disasters.
  • Pediatric surge capacity for both injured and noninjured children.
  • Decontamination, isolation, and quarantine of families and children of all ages.
  • A plan that minimizes parent-child separation and includes tracking of patients, allowing for the timely reunification of separated children with their families.
  • Access to specific medical and mental health therapies, as well as social services, for children in the event of a disaster.
  • Disaster drills with a pediatric mass-casualty incident at least every 2 years.
  • A plan that includes evacuation of pediatric units and pediatric specialty units.
The AAP Hospital Preparedness Checklist is a resource tool to determine if your hospital ED is prepared to care for children.
Pediatric Readiness Assessment Portal To Remain Open
The Pediatric Readiness Assessment will stay open to allow hospitals to take the assessment for Quality Improvement purposes.  Each facilities responses to the assessment are important to develop meaningful needed benchmarks and growth indicators, and to provide the best possible data for the development of local and regional gap analyses and targets resources. Responses will be kept confidential and will be combined with responses from other hospitals for reporting purposes only.  In early 2017, a hospital's name will not be removed from the portal after the hospital takes the assessment thus allowing them to re-assess multiple times.

All hospitals with an emergency department that is open 24/7 may complete the assessment. To complete the assessment, please work with your Nurse Manager or ED Director, go to, select your state, county, and hospital's name. It is recommended that you print a paper version of the assessment prior to submitting electronically as the survey cannot be reopened to make changes. It is estimated to take on average 26 minutes to complete the online assessment once you have compiled your data.

Quality Improvement Process in Emergency Department 
The National Pediatric Readiness Project is a multi-phase quality improvement initiative for all U.S. Emergency Departments to have the resources and essential guidelines in place to provide efficient emergency care to children. What is the Pediatric Readiness Assessment and what can I expect? 

The National Pediatric Readiness Assessment includes 6 domains.
  1. Guidelines for administration and coordination of the ED for the care of children:  This section contains resources regarding the qualifications and responsibilities for the physician and nursing coordinators staffing the emergency department (ED).
    ED Toolkit Administration and Coordination
  2. Physicians, nurses and other health care providers staffing in the ED:
    This section contains resources regarding the necessary skills, knowledge, and training in emergency evaluation and treatment of children of all ages among staff in your emergency department (ED).
    Staffing in the ED
  3. Guidelines for quality improvement in the ED:
    This section contains resources regarding the integration of pediatric patient care-review processes into the Quality Improvement (QI)/Performance Improvement (PI) plan of your emergency department (ED).
    Quality Improvement
  4. Guidelines for improving pediatric patients safety in the ED:
    This section contains resources regarding the delivery of pediatric care in your emergency department that reflects an awareness of unique pediatric patient safety concerns.
    Patient Safety
  5. Guidelines for policies, procedures and protocol for the ED:
    The sample policies in this section are based on actual policies currently in use in emergency departments around the country.
    Policies Procedures and Protocol
  6. Guidelines for equipment, supplies and medications for the care of pediatric patients in the ED:  This section contains a checklist of all the pediatric equipment, supplies, and medications necessary to care for children of all ages and sizes.
    Equipment, Supplies, and Medications

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Contact Information:

Program Director:
Elizabeth Weinstein, M.D.

Program Manager:
Margo Knefelkamp

3930 Georgetown Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46254
(317) 630-7742