Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator Quarterly Newsletter – October 2020

EMSC EMS ASSESSMENT LAUNCH DATE

The launch date for the annual EMSC EMS Survey is anticipated the week of January 3, 2021 to March 15, 2021.

The goal of this assessment is to understand the capabilities of EMS agencies in our state to treat ill or injured children, specifically in regards to the use of pediatric specific equipment and the coordination of pediatric care.

NPRP ASSESSMENT

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 https://pedsready.org/ 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.

EMSC SCHOLARS PROGRAM

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.

HANDTEVY INSTRUCTOR COURSE

The Handtevy Instructor course that was to be held on March 13th, 2020 will now be held at a later date. The new date will be posted to iEMSC newsletter and social media accounts, once a new course date is determined.

NATIONAL PEDIATRIC READINESS PROJECT ASSESSMENT

The launch date for the National Pediatric Readiness Project Assessment is anticipated the week of May 3, 2021-anticipated closure the week of July 26, 2021. will update with further information as details emerge.

INDIANA PEDIATRIC FACILITY RECOGNITION PROGRAM

Application packets are now available. Interested hospitals, please contact Program Manager, Margo Knefelkamp via email
margo.knefelkamp@indianapolisems.org 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.”

2019 INDIANA EMS PEDIATRIC INCIDENT REPORT

QUALITY IMPROVEMENT RESOURCES FOR INDIANA EMS AGENCIES

Pediatric patients account for roughly 5 to 10 percent of all EMS incidents annually in the United States. Treating injured or sick children can make even experienced EMS providers anxious, especially if they have not seen many pediatric patients throughout their career or have not had recent hands-on training focusing on pediatric emergency care. IDHS continues to focus on this vulnerable population to improve pediatric emergency care provided by Indiana EMS professionals.

The Pediatric Incident Report is the first ever published analysis of pediatric specific data using the State of Indiana EMS Registry. This annual report is intended to be used along with the previously published Indiana EMS CQI report to better guide education and training for Indiana EMS provider agencies.

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) report “Emergency Care for Children: Growing Pains” recommends EMS agencies and emergency departments (EDs) appoint a pediatric emergency care coordinator to provide pediatric leadership for their organizations. IDHS adopted this recommendation in 2019, and it is now required for licensure for all EMS provider agencies. The IOM report further states pediatric coordinators are necessary to advocate for improved competencies and the availability of resources for pediatric patients. A coordinator fulfilling this role ensures the agency and its providers are better prepared to care for ill and injured children. The Pediatric Incident Report will serve as a foundational basis to guide individual agency pediatric emergency care coordinators in their ongoing education and training efforts.

Special thanks to the Indiana Emergency Medical Services for Children organization for their review and input into this unique report.

Sincerely,

Michael A. Kaufmann, MD, FACEP, FAEMS

WEBINAR RECORDING:
CHILD HEALTH AND WELLNESS

NOW AVAILABLE

ASPR TRACIE and ASPR’s Pediatric Centers of Excellence have released the recording for the first webinar, Child Health and Wellness, in the series “Hidden Consequences: How the COVID Pandemic is Impacting Children.” This one-page summary includes information and registration links for the following upcoming webinars:
  • Child Emotional and Social Effects (1:00-2:15 PM ET, October 16, 2020)
  • The Effects of Secondary Disasters on Children (1:00-2:30 PM ET, October 23, 2020)
  • The Impact of COVID-19 on Children with Special Healthcare Needs (1:00-2:00 PM ET, October 29, 2020)