iEMSC launches Indiana Pediatric Facility Recognition Program

A priority initiative of iEMSC is to further improve the quality of pediatric readiness in Indiana Hospital Emergency Departments.  Applications were made available November 2nd, 2018.  In year 1, 5 Indiana Emergency Departments will be piloted to become "Pediatric Ready," or "Pediatric Advanced."  

The goal of iEMSC is for every emergency department in Indiana to become recognized "Pediatric Ready" or "Pediatric Advanced."   Dr. Elizabeth Weinstein, iEMSC Program Director encourages all hospital emergency departments to apply.  "Pediatric Readiness ensures hospitals have policies, procedures, and supplies in place to stabilize a child in a medical emergency.  Kids are treated in local Emergency Departments and this program assists emergency departments to provide optimal care until transfer to an appropriate level of care, if necessary," says Dr. Weinstein.  

To request an application packet, please contact iEMSC Program Manager, Margo Knefelkamp, via email or phone 317-630-7742 office, or 317-523-4636.    

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Pediatric Readiness in the Emergency Department
The revision to the 2009 Joint Policy Statement Guidelines  for Care of Children in the Emergency Department is now available .  

This is a revision of the previous joint Policy Statement titled "Guidelines for Care of Children in the Emergency Department." Children have unique physical and psychosocial needs that are heightened in the setting of serious or life-threatening emergencies. The majority of children who are ill and injured are brought to community hospital emergency departments (EDs) by virtue of proximity. It is therefore imperative that all EDs have the appropriate resources (medications, equipment, policies, and education) and capable staff to provide effective emergency care for children. In this Policy Statement, we outline the resources necessary for EDs to stand ready to care for children of all ages. These recommendations are consistent with the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine (now called the National Academy of Medicine) in its report "The Future of Emergency Care in the US Health System." Although resources within emergency and trauma care systems vary locally, regionally, and nationally, it is essential that ED staff, administrators, and medical directors seek to meet or exceed these recommendations to ensure that high-quality emergency care is available for all children. These updated recommendations are intended to serve as a resource for clinical and administrative leadership in EDs as they strive to improve their readiness for children of all ages.

1. Responsibilities of the PECC.
2. Barriers to PECC implementation.
3. Pediatric-focused quality improvement.
4. Developing and implementing pediatric guidelines/protocols.
5. Best practices in conducting pediatric skill assessment.

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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