iEMSC Monthly Newsletter – April 2021


iEMSC is pleased to share with you that Indiana exceeded the HRSA response rate requirement and obtained an 82.9% response rate, 577 out of 696 Indiana registered EMS agencies who response to public 911 completed the assessment. The objective of this assessment is to assess what methods and the frequency of skill-checking on pediatric equipment is being offered at EMS agencies, and how pediatric emergency care is coordinated at EMS agencies.

A sincere thank you to all who took the time to complete this assessment, iEMSC partners who were instrumental with messaging and distribution, and NEDARC-the national resource center who collects and analyzes the data for all EMSC programs.


The National Pediatric Readiness Project Assessment is a multi-phase quality improvement (QI) initiative to ensure that all U.S. emergency departments (EDs) have the essential guidelines and resources in place to provide effective emergency care to children.

The project is supported by the American College of Emergency Physicians, the Emergency Nurses Association, the Federal Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for Children Program, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

ED nurse managers will receive several notifications with a link to the web-based assessment at You may visit the website and print a copy of the checklist to begin completing the assessment now. May 1st, the portal is live and you may enter the data until July 31st.


In an effort to grow future leaders within the EMSC space, the EMSC Innovation and Improvement Center (EIIC) has created the EMSC Scholars and Fellows Program to engage early career clinicians and health systems professionals.

We are excited to announce iEMSC Advisory Board Member-Natasha Thompson, FNP-C, from IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, is 1 of 6 EMSC Scholars will work alongside EIIC leaders to develop and implement a unique project focused on a key area(s) of interest.


iEMSC will be accepting nominations all year long for the amazing work that happens on behalf of children all over the State of Indiana. 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! You can nominate by completing this nomination form and emailing to Margo Knefelkamp via email at


Application packets are available. Interested hospitals, please contact Program Manager, Margo Knefelkamp via email or phone 317-630-7742 office, and 317-523-4636 mobile. Indiana hospital emergency departments may apply to be recognized as “Pediatric Ready” or “Pediatric Advanced.”

Educational Opportunities

  • Do you have an educational event in the near future?
    Please contact iEMSC, to notify of your upcoming pediatric training opportunities or pediatric related event.
  • Save the Date:
    2021 Indiana Emergency Response Conference September 15-18.
    Location: Sheraton Indianapolis Keystone Crossing
  • Handtevy Instructor Course Date TBD.

Quarterly Pediatric Emergency Care
Coordinator Newsletter

This newsletter focuses on the Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator (PECC) 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



New Training for the Development of Pediatric Readiness Champions offered through EMSC New England and OPENPediatrics! Use this to on-board your Pediatric Emergency Care Prehospital and Hospital Champions!

Access the training through this link. It does require you creating a FREE OPENPediatrics account to take the course.

To access the content, just click on the link below.
New England Foundations of Pediatric Preparedness Virtual Forum



Mental health is one of the most important and challenging areas in pediatric emergency care. Given the broad spectrum and depth of the topic, the KM domain steering committee deemed the three most impactful focus areas for PEAK mental health content will be:

  1. Suicide prevention and screening
  2. Managing the agitated patient
  3. Environmental safety

To this end, content from these mental health topics will be posted to the Knowledge Management Early Access Program (KEAP) page beginning in February 2021. KEAP is the pre-publication page, where content is first posted for review, comments, and feedback by potential end users and those who have content expertise in the topic. This feedback guides iterative improvements and/or assists in determining what is the highest quality content for public release as a PEAK.

For access, to sign up on the EIIC website to be a registered user for free resources, as well as opt in to receive early access content.

Education and Pediatric Related Events


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
  • In person training TBD.

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 Paravdeep Nijjar, Injury Prevention Program Coordinator for ISDH. Click here for more information.

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 is 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.