Fall is upon us! October brings us many treats as the leaves change and crisp sunny days return. Fire Prevention Week begins this weekend and CT EMSC would like to give a shout out to the men and women serving in the Fire Service throughout our state.
From open houses to school visits, teaching children about fire safety has been one the main community outreach activities of fire departments in CT. Many of us remember the old “stop, drop, and roll” commercials or visiting with Smokey the Bear. Today’s fire prevention education strategies include interactive in person fire trailer scenarios as well as computer based programming.

Our firefighters also play a big role in ensuring appropriate emergency medical care of children whether as first responders, rescue operations, or transport units to our local emergency departments. We want to thank our firefighters for your unwavering dedication and bravery and for keeping CT’s children well prepared and safe. Please follow the link for more information and ideas from the National Fire Prevention Association.
October News and Updates
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Eye Injury Prevention Month
Health Literacy Month
Healthy Lung Month
Home Eye Safety Month
National ADHD Awareness Month
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
National Bullying Prevention Month
National Dental Hygiene Month
National Down Syndrome Awareness Month
National Medical Librarians Month
National Physical Therapy Month
Spina Bifida Awareness Month
October 4-10 Mental Illness Awareness Week
October 5-9 Malnutrition Awareness Week
October 6 World Cerebral Palsy Day
October 8 National Depression Screening Day
October 10 World Mental Health Day
October 12-20 Bone & Jone Health Action Week
October 15 National Latino AIDS Awareness Day
October 16-22 International Infection Prevention Week
October 16 World Food Day
October 18-24 National Healthcare Quality Week
October 19 World Pediatric Bone & Joint Day
October 20-24 National Health Education Week
October 22 International Stuttering Awareness Day
October 25-31 Respiratory Care Week
October 29 World Psoriasis Day
Thursday October 13th
A Free Pediatric Burn Care Opportunity at the Boston Shriners Hospital:
The Annual Thall symposium will be held virtually this year. The topic of the symposium is pediatric burn care for first responders. Education is part of the mission of the Boston Shriners Hospital so there is no cost for these educational opportunities. CME and CEU credits are available for some of the educational opportunities we are providing.
If you have questions, please contact:
Melissa Gorman MSN,NPD-BC, CCRN-K; Clinical Education Coordinator
Alycia Pronesti, Physician Liaison
Mental Health
Violence
Mental Health Disorders
Critical Crossroad: Pediatric Mental Health Care in the ED
Pediatricians Can Help Prevent Adverse Childhood Experiences
Managing A Frightened Child
Behavioral Health Checklist

For additional information, you can check out the following websites:
SBAR Risk of Physical Child Abuse
Intimate Partner Violence (Telemedicine Script)

DART Program (888) 964-4233
SCAN Program (833) 733-7669
Safe Connect (888) 774-2900
National Child Abuse Hotline
(800) 4-A-CHILD
National Domestic Violence Hotline
(800) 799-SAFE
National Suicide Prevention Hotline
(800) 273-8255
COVID-19
Back to School
Special Message to Parents
Children with Special Needs
How to Talk to Autistic Children about COVID
Mental Health Issues in Children During COVID - Tip Sheet
Hidden Consequences: How the COVID Pandemic is Impacting Children Webinar Series
Guidance for School Re-entry
Healthy Restart School Playbook
Connecticut Guide to Learning & Growing Together

TIPS FOR HALLOWEEN 2020
The health organization advised against traditional trick-or-treating this year and suggested lower-risk activities such as Halloween-themed scavenger hunts at home or placing prefilled treat bags at the end of your driveway for kids to pick up. Halloween doesn't have to be canceled by Coronavirus.
 Parents: What to consider before going out on Halloween
Sandra Kesh, an infectious disease physician at Westmed Medical Group in Purchase, New York, says it's possible to safely trick-or-treat this year. She advises:
-- Limiting trick-or-treating to three or four kids
-- Families should ask each other if they've been following precautions
-- Parents can wipe down candy to avoid surface transmission
-- If COVID-19 is not well-controlled in your area, you should refrain from going out
-- Have "a very serious conversation with your kids that if you are going to take them trick-or-treating, the rules have to be followed and respected. Otherwise, the game is over."
-- Have an adult chaperone even for older children to ensure safety protocols are followed 
-- Trick-or-treaters should use hand sanitizer regularly and avoid touching their face.
Crafts: Make face masks more fun for kids
If you think the mask that came with your kid's Spider-Man or monster costume offers the same protection as a face mask, the CDC says think again. Costume masks are not substitutes for protective face masks. Instead, buy a Halloween-themed face mask or decorate one with a spooky theme. Plain masks can be customized with Dracula's fangs or a wicked witch's nose.
Outdoor activity: Form a candy line
The CDC says one-way trick-or-treating in which individually wrapped goodie bags are lined up for people to pick up while maintaining social distance (such as at the end of a driveway or at the edge of a yard) is a moderate-risk activity. 

Several contact-less delivery ideas have circulated online: a "candy chute" – a 6-foot-long cardboard tube to slide candy to trick-or-treaters; a table stationed 6 feet away from the front door with individual bags of candy for children to grab or a large handmade spider web with candy taped to the strings.
At-home activities: Virtual costume parties and movies
The CDC suggests:
-- A candy scavenger hunt in your home or outside in the yard
-- Zoom parties with friends, which include a costume contest
-- A piñata as the ending to a spooktacular Halloween
Simulation Education & Training
ED Simulations
EMS Simulations
Low Fidelity Manikins
In-Person Education and Training
In attempt to adhere to social distancing protocols while still continuing to offer training to your staff, we will keep the size of the participant groups small.
Virtual Format
If you would prefer to take more of the virtual approach, we can schedule a virtual simulation, in which one of our team members would facilitate the simulation session remotely and your staff will be in the ED or agency and serve as the learners.
An alternative to simulation training mentioned above is to run routine simulations at your organization, using the low fidelity manikin and YouTube videos - both of which, are free resources; each session run for less than 10 minutes and led by your organizational leadership or PECC.

Please be sure to check out the websites. There is an ED and EMS version:
PEPP Courses
Upcoming courses:
October 17 Durham, CT  9am - 1pm                                               
October 18 Durham, CT  9am - 1pm
October 24 Bantam, CT   9am - 1pm
October 28  Suffield, CT  6pm - 10pm
October 31  Burrville, CT  9am - 1pm
November 7 Burville, CT  9am - 1pm
November 12 Stratford, CT 6pm - 10pm
November 14 Stratford, CT 8am - noon