Have you connected with your local EMS Agency Pediatric Emergency 
Care Coordinator?

Earlier this Spring Indiana EMS for Children (iEMSC) conducted an EMS Assessment specifically asking EMS agencies throughout the state if their agency has a PECC and their pediatric emergency care capabilities.  Do you know this person?  Or if your local EMS agencies do not have a PECC, know an individual who may be interested?

The following are examples, but not limited to roles and responsibilities of an EMS agency PECC:

  • Protocol development
  • Quality Improvement
  • Continuing education
  • Skill Verification
  • Injury Prevention
  • Appropriate equipment
  • Pediatric Supplies
  • Liaison to hospital ED PECC
Have a question? Please tweet    @IndianaEMSC, FB at  Indiana Emsc,  or via email to  margo.knefelkamp@indianapolisems.org.
Pediatric Readiness Quality Collaborative- Now Accepting Applications. Deadline- October 31, 5pm CDT.  Indiana Hospital Emergency Departments may apply.
Is your emergency department looking to increase pediatric readiness and need support to meet the emergency care needs of children in your community?  

The Emergency Medical Services for Children Innovation and Improvement Center (EIIC) is launching their first National Readiness Quality Collaborative.   Twenty teams (20 training sites and between 160-240 affiliate sites) are invited to participate to improve the capabilities and quality of care provided to pediatric patients across the nation.  
Using a train-the-trainer model, participants will be supported through targeted quality improvement education, the provision of tools and resources to support local efforts, and sharing of best practices.  Each Trainer will work with Pediatric Champions at each of the Affiliate Sites to develop and implement QI plans targeting key gaps in pediatric readiness.  

The collaborative will focus on the following topics: 1) A patient safety initiative focused on collecting and documenting pediatric patients' weight in kilograms; 2) Developing a notification process for abnormal vital signs; 3) Ensuring inter-facility transfer guidelines are patient and family centered; 4) Establishing disaster plans that include children.  Each intervention will form the basis for local and regional quality improvement efforts as part of the collaborative activities.

Next Steps for Joining the Pediatric Readiness Quality Collaborative (PRQC)
Join PRQC Mailing List

Statement of Interest and Formal Application

Application Guidebook

Introductory Webinar (Hosted on 7/10/17)

Have a question? Please email   margo.knefelkamp@indianapolisems.org.
Pediatric Readiness Assessment Portal Open
The assessment can be taken on any mobile device, and a new GAP report has recently been developed that allows hospitals to view their current score against their previous score with visual indicators of areas for improvement. See http://www.pedsready.org to view current participation rates. 

Get ED Ready 
Get ED Ready is an in situ simulation and education program developed to address pediatric readiness in emergency departments in the state of Indiana. Participating hospitals utilize a nationally recognized checklist (Pediatric Readiness Survey) based on the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Emergency Physicians Joint Policy Statement, "Guidelines for Care of Children in Emergency Departments" to identify areas for improvement. This gap analysis is paired with in-person visits with on-site pediatric simulation cases conducted by pediatric specialists from Riley Hospital for Children. 

The research team, led by project director Dr. Kamal Abulebda and project coordinator Kellie Leeper, RRT, NPS, has spent the last year partnering with 12 sites around Indiana.  From July 2016 to October 2016, the initial on-site visits were completed at all 12 hospital sites. During these initial visits the Get ED Ready team repeated the Pediatric Readiness Survey on site with the hospital team. Interestingly, in person surveys were consistently lower than those obtained with self-reporting. This highlights the difficulties inherent in self-assessment tools as well as the benefit in person evaluation

Intervention visits  started in November 2016 and have been completed at all 12 sites. During these visits, the Get ED Ready team reviews the in-person survey results, providing detailed recommendations for performance improvement as well as links to resources and action plans for process improvement. In addition, during these visits, each site participates in a simulation day run by the Get ED Ready team. Three different pediatric critical care cases are run and debriefed, followed by an open forum education session for hospital staff.  PCOME's goal is to improve pediatric readiness, while creating and maintaining a network that connects Riley Hospital for Children to multiple emergency departments across the state. Results thus far have been overwhelmingly positive. Most participating sites have since developed pediatric champions for their EDs. Further, the mean pediatric readiness score for these sites were 58% at initial visits and the mean pediatric readiness score is now 74% post follow-up visits.
More information on Get ED Ready can be found on the Pediatric Community Outreach Mobile Education (PCOME)  website . If you have questions and wish to speak further with PCOME, please  contact .

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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