2010 EMSC Program News

Submissions Wanted for Upcoming Edition of FAN Mail (12/17/10)

The EMSC National Resource Center is collecting ideas, stories, and news items involving Family Advisory Network (FAN) members for an upcoming edition of FAN Mail, the semiannual newsletter distributed to all FAN members. Please submit any requests to Gayathri Jayawardena by January 5, 2011.

DC EMSC Program Manager Nominated to Mayor's EMS Transition Team (12/15/10)

Cynthiana Lightfoot, NREMT-P, the EMSC program manager for the District of Columbia (DC) was recently nominated to Mayor Vincent Gray's 2010 Fire-EMS Transition Team. The Transition Team will be discussing a variety of issues that include major issues and problems associated with the delivery of emergency medical services and fire/rescue services in the DC area. Congratulations Cynthiana!

State Partnership Program Announcement (12/10/10)

The official Non-Competing Continuation (NCC) Progress Report and forms for the Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) State Partnership Program were released in the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Electronic Handbook (EHB) on December 1, 2010. A notice was sent to the project director of each State Partnership grant on file through the EHB system.

As a reminder, EMSC State Partnership grantees are required to complete a NCC Progress Report in lieu of a Non-Competing Continuation Grant Proposal in order to assure continued funding beginning March 1, 2011 to February 28, 2012. This report must be submitted through the HRSA EHB by January 7, 2011.

The following templates are available to help State Partnership grantees complete the NCC Progress Report:

  1. NCC Progress Report User Guide. Detailed instructions on how HRSA grantees must complete the NCC Progress Report within the HRSA EHB.
  2. EMSC State Partnership NCC Progress Report Instructions. Program-specific instructions for submitting the FY2011 NCC Progress Report for the funding opportunity 5-H33-11-001, Emergency Medical Services for Children State Partnership Program.
  3. Key Personnel Form. All senior/key personnel must be reported on this form. If there were no changes with key personnel associated with your grant program, it is not necessary to complete this form.
  4. Biographical Sketch Form. All senior/key personnel must be reported on this form. If there were no changes with key personnel associated with your grant program, it is not necessary to complete this form.
  5. NCC Screens PowerPoint Presentation. A PowerPoint slide presentation that includes snapshots taken from the HRSA EHB to help navigate and guide grantees step-by-step as they work on their NCC Progress Report.
  6. Sample EMSC State Partnership Progress Report Outline. An outline that includes the key components of the NCC Progress Report narrative. You may use this format or develop your own.
  7. Sample Budget Narrative Template. An outline that includes the key components of the NCC Progress Report budget narrative. You may use this format or develop your own.

For copies of each, please call your regional HRSA federal project officer.

PECARN Releases First Edition of Patient Safety Newsletter (12/09/10)

The Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) is proud to release its first Pediatric Patient Safety newsletter. The first edition focuses on medication errors based on PECARN's Pediatric Patient Safety in Emergency Departments, a multi-phase study aimed at identifying and improving safety practices in the PECARN network. The newsletter lists common medication errors and contributing factors, and provides recommendations in increasing patient medication safety.

IL EMSC Releases 4th Edition of School Nurse Emergency Care Curriculum (12/07/10)

The Illinois Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program has revised and posted the 4th Edition of the School Nurse Emergency Care (SNEC) curriculum to its website. This training course was originally funded through a Targeted Issues grant in 1995 to the University of Connecticut. Illinois EMSC had participated in the Connecticut sponsored "train-the-trainer" workshop and since than, with the permission from the University of Connecticut, revised the 2nd and 3rd edition of the SNEC curriculum.

The intent of this manual is to provide nurses working in the school setting with a set of emergency care guidelines that can be utilized during the delivery of care to the ill or injured student.

Alaska EMSC PSA Now Posted On NRC's YouTube Channel (12/02/10)

The Alaska EMSC program has created a 30 -second public service announcement (PSA) highlighting the importance of working to improve training, pediatric emergency, and increase the availability of pediatric emergency equipment in the state of Alaska. Please visit the EMSC National Resource Center's (NRC) YouTube Channel to view the PSA.

NRC Acting Executive Director Presents at Injury Free Coalition Conference (11/18/10)

During the 15th Annual Conference of the Injury Free Coalition for Kids, held on November 13, 2010, in Chicago, IL, Joseph Wright, MD, MPH, presented on "The Role of the Emergency Department in Youth Violence Prevention: A Systematic Review" and moderated an expert panel covering various aspects of intentional injury prevention. Understanding that youth violence has become a public health emergency in the U.S., Dr. Wright specifically explored evidence-based approaches to violence prevention in the acute care environment including analysis of the research methodologies employed across several randomized controlled trials (RCTs). Implementation feasibility and intervention effectiveness were examined and discussed. Pilot funding for two of the RCTs analyzed was provided by the Health Resources and Services Administration through the EMSC Targeted Issues (TI) grant "Randomized Trial of a Case Management Program for Assault-Injured Youth." For more information about this TI grant, contact the EMSC National Resource Center.

NRC Publishes New Fact Sheet on Drafting Legislation (11/11/10)

Last month, the National Commission on Children and Disasters (NCCD) released its 2010 Report to the President and Congress. The commission noted that "the recommendations are primarily directed toward the President, federal agencies, and Congress. However, in order to achieve a coordinated national strategy on children and disasters at all levels of government – including federal, state, tribal, territorial, and local – the Commission urges non-federal executive and legislative branches of government to consider and apply the recommendations, as appropriate." The recently released EMSC National Resource Center (NRC) fact sheet "Drafting Legislation Related to State Pediatric Disaster Preparedness," therefore, may be useful by individuals who are interested in mandating the NCCD's recommendations into state law.

IHS Seeking Information on State and Territory Conferences (11/09/10)

Betty Hastings, the EMSC coordinator for Indian Health Services (IHS), has requested that the EMSC National Resource Center (NRC) gather a listing of scheduled state and territory EMS conferences with pediatric content and/or EMSC-specific conferences for 2011. The list will assist in facilitating possible attendance of tribal EMS providers at various state/territory sponsored pediatric training conferences and workshops. State/Territory EMSC managers are asked to send information on planned educational opportunities to the NRC's Gayathri Jayawardena.

EMSC Grantees Well Represented Among NASEMSO Leadership (11/04/10)

The National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) announced the election of their 2010-2011 officers and executive committee at their Annual Meeting in Norfolk, VA. October 10-15. The EMSC Program congratulates the new officers and looks forward to their continued support of EMSC initiatives.

EMSC's FAN Membership Continues to Grow (11/03/10)

Robyn VanHemelryck is the newest Family Advisory Network (FAN) member to join the Montana EMSC program. Robyn and her husband Dean are the proud parents of three children: Kylee, age 15; Shelby, age 11; and Carson, age 8.

Robyn's passion for EMSC stems from her own experiences with her daughter, Shelby. Shelby was born with a Ventricular Septum Defect (VSD), a congenital heart defect. Beginning at age 5, Shelby endured a series of heart surgeries, first to repair the hole in her heart then to repair a leaky aortic valve. Despite these healthcare setbacks, Shelby continues to be involved in sports; her favorites being softball and golf. The EMSC Program is excited to have Robyn and her family join the EMSC community.

NRC Jumps on the Social Media Bandwagon (10/28/10)

The EMSC National Resource Center (NRC) would like to invite you to join us on the following social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. The NRC hopes to expand its reach by educating and informing the online community about EMSC, its priority issues, and program accomplishments both at the national and state levels.

Want to help? Please "friend" each site. This is your opportunity to post information, pictures, and videos about local activities and events, upcoming trainings, recently released products and resources, presentations, or even funny tidbits. For example, in a recent posting to NRC's YouTube Channel you can view Manish Shah, MD, auditioning for next season's Dancing with the Stars (or is he?).

Spotlight on TI Grantee: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (10/27/10)

New resources will soon be available to assist emergency departments in implementation of pediatric performance improvement activities thanks to the work of Evaline Alessandrini, MD, MSCE, and her EMSC Targeted Issues (TI) Project – "Defining Quality Performance Measures for Pediatric Emergency Care." The Health Resources and Services Administration's mchcom.com will host the EMSC webcast on Tuesday, November 2, 2010.

The webcast will highlight her project and a toolbox (currently under development and to be available on the NRC website). This project builds upon a prior EMSC TI grant, "Emergency Department Severity Index" and leads the way to facilitating pediatric emergency care benchmarking as well as risk adjustment for pediatric emergency care, both of which will facilitate better pediatric emergency care research. Additional information about Dr. Alessandrini's grant is available on the NRC website.

EMSC Champions Awarded at MCH Title V Meeting (10/26/10)

The EMSC Program is delighted to have two EMSC members receive a certificate of recognition during the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Federal/State Partnership Title V meeting last week. Calvin Sia, MD, was recognized for his outstanding contributions to the field of MCH through collaborations and partnerships. Family Advisory Network Member Donene Feist was recognized for her excellence in improving systems of care for children and youth with special health care needs and their families. Congratulations to both on their outstanding efforts!

HRSA Preview: PECARN Competition (10/25/10)

The Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) is planning on releasing the application guidance for the EMSC Network Development Demonstration Project (HRSA-11-079) on January 16, 2011. The EMSC Network Development Demonstration Project (NDDP) is the cooperative agreements that form the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN).

Six new cooperative agreement awards are planned at $600,000 each year for four years. Each applicant will be expected to partner with two additional Hospital Emergency Department Affiliate (HEDA) sites in addition to their own site (for a total of three HEDA sites) to create a nodal structure that will participate in the PECARN. Applicants will have approximately 60 days from the January 2011 release date to submit an application. Successful applicants will be announced by August 1, 2011, and funding will start September 1, 2011.

All the information above is preliminary and is contingent on the availability of federal funds to support the competing continuation for the EMSC-NDDP. Additional information about PECARN can be found on the PECARN website.  For more information about the grant competition, please contact Dr. Tasmeen Weik.

NHLBI Launches Therapeutic Hypothermia Trials with PECARN (10/21/10)

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), launches the first large-scale, multicenter study to investigate the effectiveness of body cooling treatment in infants and children who have had cardiac arrest. The Therapeutic Hypothermia After Pediatric Cardiac Arrest (THAPCA) trials total more than $21 million over six years.

The THAPCA trials are being conducted in partnership with the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) and the Collaborative Pediatric Critical Care Research Network (CPCCRN). The co-principal investigator, J. Michael Dean, MD, MBA, professor of pediatrics and chief of the Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City states that, "our goal is to minimize brain injury in infants and children who experience cardiac arrest and ultimately improve survival rates." Read the full NHLBI news release for additional details.

Pediatric Emergency Care Features PECARN's Priorities for Pediatric Prehospital Research (10/20/10)

Up to 3 million U.S. children are cared for by emergency medical services (EMS) annually. However, limited research exists on pediatric prehospital care. “Priorities for Pediatric Prehospital Research,” appearing in the October 2010 issue of Pediatric Emergency Care, highlights the efforts of the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) to develop a pediatric-specific prehospital research agenda. Representatives from all four PECARN nodes and from EMS agency partners developed the agenda based on a three-step process. First, participants ranked potential research priorities and suggested others. Second, participants re-ranked the list in order of importance and scored each priority using a modified Hanlon method (prevalence, seriousness, and practicality of each research area were assessed). Finally, the revised priority list was presented at a PECARN EMS summit, and consensus was sought.

NRC Acting Executive Director Presents on Pediatric Emergency Care at NACHRI Annual Leadership Conference (10/20/10)

On October 18, 2010 at the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions’ 2010 Annual Leadership Conference in Minneapolis, NRC acting executive director, Joseph Wright, MD, MPH, co-led an educational session, “Right Sizing Pediatric Emergency Care Utilization Through Public-Private Partnership.” The session focused on innovative leadership in leveraging public-private partnerships and resources to both increase access to care and to reduce the use of emergency services for primary care sensitive conditions*. Dr. Wright specifically addressed interventions to promote emergency department-based community health education and to increase linkages to primary care medical homes consistent with the EMSC continuum of care model. The presentation handout and slides can be accessed through the NACHRI website.

* Those conditions for which an emergency department visit could have been prevented by interventions in primary care.

EMSC Welcomes New Program in North Dakota and New FAN Rep in Montana (10/18/10)

Mary Tello-Pool joins the EMSC Program as the new program manager in North Dakota. Ms. Tello-Pool has an extensive background in nursing, disaster preparedness, and public health. Her immediate plans are to work with the National EMSC Data Analysis Resource Center to wrap up data collection and program reporting requirements. Mary can be reached at matellopool@nd.gov. Welcome to the EMSC family!

Robyn Vanhemelryck joins the EMSC family tree as the newest member of the Family Advisory Network (FAN). Robyn can be reached at robynvh@bresnan.net.

PECARN Grantee Nathan Kuppermann Elected to IOM (10/14/10)

Nathan Kuppermann, MD, MPH, nodal principal investigator for the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN), has been elected as a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM). New IOM members were announced during IOM's 40th Annual Meeting held this week in Washington, DC. Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service. Congratulations on this exemplary honor Dr. Kuppermann!

NRC Acting Executive Director Presents at AAP (10/14/10)

Joseph Wright, MD, MPH, presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics' (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition on the topic of "Bullying and Retaliation: The New Vulnerable Child." The session highlighted new research findings related to bullying, such as the relationship between bullying and obese children and the long term behavioral effects of bullying especially with young girls. Information from the Health Resources and Services Administration's "Stop Bullying Now" program, recommendations from the AAP's 2009's policy statement on the role of the pediatrician in violence prevention, as well as the AAP's Connected Kids curriculum were highlighted in his presentation.

Non-Competing Continuation Progress Report in lieu of a Non-Competing Continuation Grant Proposal (10/01/10)

IMPORTANT: Please note that there will be a few changes in the process for submitting the upcoming Non-Competing Continuation Progress Report. This year, EMSC State Partnership grantees will only have to submit a Non-Competing Continuation (NCC) Progress Report, not a complete application for non-competing funds. Below are details on the submission process.

Beginning fiscal year 2011, which begins on October 1, 2010, Maternal and Child Health Bureau grantees will no longer use Grants.gov to submit their NCC Progress Report; instead grantees will submit the entire NCC Progress Report through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Electronic Handbook (EHB). Grantees should refer to the HRSA NCC Progress Report User Guide for information on accessing the NCC Progress Report in HRSA EHBs. This change only applies to the NCC Progress Reports.

Notification will be sent to grantees via email and posted in EMSC QuickNews once the EMSC State Partnership Program NCC Progress Report is available in EHB and the Program-Specific Instructions for Submitting the FY2011 NCC Progress Report has been released.

Save the Date – 2011 EMSC Program Managers Meeting (10/01/10 )

We have exciting news regarding the EMSC Meeting next year. In the spring of 2011, the Program will host an EMSC State Partnership Program Manager's Meeting, in lieu of our usual Annual Program Meeting, and will be focused specifically for our State Partnership managers. We are currently working to finalize the logistics for two full-days of sharing, learning, and networking with your colleagues from across the country on May 2-3, 2011, in the beautiful city of Annapolis, MD. Thanks to all who have shared suggestions for topics and please be sure to save the dates and join us! We anticipate that a full EMSC Program Meeting will resume in 2012.

As the details are firmed up, we will again send out a notice to all the State Partnership program managers. In addition, more information will be provided at the next Town Hall Conference Call.

NC Welcomes New Family Representative (09/17/10)

North Carolina (NC) EMSC welcomes their newest member, Tiffany Holland. Tiffany will serve on the EMSC Advisory Committee as a family representative. She will be spearheading an effort to get kids with hemophilia enrolled in NC’s KIDBase, a children with special health care needs identification program.

DC EMSC Program Celebrates NPM (09/16/10)

The District of Columbia (DC) EMSC program is hosting a community preparedness event at Children’s National Medical Center. The event will feature emergency preparedness educational resources for patients and families In addition, children will be able to build their own disaster kit. Staff from the EMSC National Resource Center (NRC) will be on hand to raise awareness about the EMSC Program and will be sharing disaster preparedness resources from various federal agencies and EMSC grantees. The EMSC NRC would like to feature your National Preparedness Month (NPM) event or activity in a future issue of QuickNews. If you participated in this year’s celebration, contact Gayathri Jayawardena, EMSC NRC program associate, at gjayawar@childrensnational.org.

PECARN Receives Grant through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (09/10/10)

On September 1, 2010, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded a grant to Columbia University for: Implementation of the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Prediction Rules for Children Using Computerized Clinical Decision Support: An Interrupted Time Series Trial.

The award, made available under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act), will build upon the existing infrastructure of PECARN so that the network can maximize its capabilities to engage in state-of-the-art patient centered outcomes research and knowledge translation within the field of pediatric emergency medicine. The project period began September 1, 2010 and will go through August 31, 2013. The principal investigator is Peter Dayan, MD.

ARRA provided a total of $1.1 billion for patient centered outcomes research allocated between HHS Office of the Secretary, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The $3.5 million being awarded to the PECARN project is being funded through AHRQ’s allocation.

HRSA Funds New EMSC Targeted Issues Grants for 2010 (09/09/10)

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recently awarded nine new EMSC Targeted Issue grants. The newly funded projects are:

  • UC Davis School of Medicine; Utility of Abdominal Ultrasound during Emergency Department Evaluation of Children with Blunt Trauma; Primary Investigator: James Holmes, MD, MPH;
  • Yale University; Small Victims, Big Challenges: Refining Pediatric Disaster Triage Algorithms and Education in the Prehospital Setting; Primary Investigator: Mark Cicero, MD;
  • Children’s National Medical Center; Reducing Errors in Pediatric Trauma Resuscitation Using a Checklist; Primary Investigator: Randall S. Burd, MD, PhD;
  • Loyola University, School of Medicine; Pediatric Facility Recognition/Categorization: Models of Best Practice, Implementation and Evaluation; Primary Co-Investigators: Mark Cichon, MD and Evelyn Lyons, RN, MPH;
  • Brigham & Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School; ExSTRA: Evidence-Based Screening for Siblings and Contacts of Abused Children; Primary Investigator: Daniel Lindberg, MD;
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Progesterone for Traumatic Brain Injury in Children: Planning a Safety and Efficacy Trial; Primary Investigator: Rachel Stanley, MD
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; EMS and Pediatric Trauma: A North Carolina Population Based Performance Improvement (PI) Intervention and Evaluation Using Multiple Linked Healthcare Databases; Primary Investigator, Greg Mears, MD;
  • Wake Forest University; Evaluation of a Pediatric Emergency Care Recognition Program on Care of Injured Children; Primary Investigator, J. Wayne Meredith, MD; and
  • Texas Children’s Hospital; Integrating Evidence-Based Pediatric Prehospital Protocols into Practice; Primary Investigator: Manish Shah, MD.

IL EMSC Shares Guide on NICU Evacuation Guidelines (09/02/2010)

Illinois EMSC has developed a guide to assist Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) professionals and emergency planners in their planning and preparation for evacuations. The guide is not to be used as the hospital’s evacuation plan during the actual event. Rather, the content of this guide aims to assist NICU staff in the pre-planning phase by providing recommendations and education needed to prepare an evacuation plan.

EMSC TI Grant Uses PECARN Research to Develop a TBI Algorithm (08/05/2010)

With support from their EMSC Targeted Issues Grant, Loyola University’s Mark Cichon, MD, and Evelyn Lyons, RN, MPH, developed an algorithm for health care providers based on the CT decision rule from the recently published PECARN study, “Identification of children at very low risk of clinically-important brain injuries after head trauma: a prospective cohort study” (The Lancet, Vol 374, Issue 9696, pp 1160 - 1170, 3 October 2009; doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(09)61558-0). The algorithm, addressing children ages 0-23 months and 2-17 years of age, was developed as part of their web-based Mild Traumatic Head Injury educational module. In addition, the algorithm has been disseminated to all hospitals in the state of Illinois.

Loyola University’s EMSC Targeted Issues grant, “Pediatric Quality Improvement Modules: Head Trauma, Seizures and DKA,” seeks to demonstrate measurable improve­ments in emergency department management of children with head trauma, seizures, and diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) through the development of a web-based educational resource featuring an interactive case scenario for each condition.

HRSA and NRC Transition State Partnership Responsibilities (07/29/2010)

In light of recent staff additions at Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the EMSC Program will be transitioning most of the State Partnership Technical Assistance work, originally housed at the EMSC National Resource Center (NRC), to HRSA. Beginning Wednesday, July 28, 2010, states should begin contacting their HRSA Technical Assistance Representative for questions or technical assistance related to the State Partnership Grant Program and performance measures. The transition process will continue through the end of August. During this time should you happen to contact the NRC for routine work that was transitioned to HRSA; the NRC will recommend you contact your HRSA representative.

The NRC will begin work on new projects that the EMSC Program is prioritizing in lieu of the state partnership work.

FL EMSC Offers Kids in Disaster Kit (KID KIT) DVD(07/27/2010)

The Florida EMSC Program is offering bulk shipments (50 minimum) of surplus "Kids in Disasters Kits (KID Kits)" currently in storage. There are 800 kits available and will be disbursed on a first-come, first-serve basis, while supplies last.

The K.I.D. Kit provides child and family-centered materials addressing disaster triage, the Broselow-Luten principles of color-coding children, tools for responding to incidents involving agents of chemical warfare, and several other aspects of pediatric disaster planning and preparedness. Six presentations are narrated and self-contained; all presentations are also available in their original PowerPoint formats. A number of the presentations are available in Spanish. For those interested in teaching primary, multi-casualty incident triage using START and JumpSTART, all the files needed are included in the K.I.D. Kit.

Requests for K.I.D. Kits should be emailed to Melissa Keahey. Questions can be directed to Melissa Keahey at (850) 245-4440 ext *2686.

Transportation Secretary LaHood Announces NEMSAC Appointments; Three Members from EMSC Community (07/22/2010)

Last Friday, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the appointment of 23 leaders to serve on the National Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council (NEMSAC). The council, first chartered by the U.S Department of Transportation in 2007, provides expert EMS advice to the department and its federal partners. The council also makes recommendations on key issues in the EMS field, including recruitment and retention of EMS personnel, quality assurance, federal grants for emergency services, and preparation for multi-casualty incidents.

The EMSC Program is excited to announce that three of its own have been selected to serve on the Council:

  • Dia Gainor, Idaho’s state EMS director and past president of the National Association of State EMS Officials;
  • Arthur Cooper, MD, MS, a professor of surgery and director of trauma and pediatric surgical services at Columbia University’s Medical Center in affiliation with the Harlem Hospital Center; and
  • Joseph Wright, MD, MPH, a pediatric emergency physician at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC and the medical director for the EMSC National Resource Center.

Washington EMSC Releases New Pediatric Educational Resource Website (07/15/2010)

Washington State EMSC has released the new online training module Acute Assessment & Management of Pediatric Trauma. Developed with EMSC grant funds and supported through the University of Washington, the seven-module online training program is intended for hospital-based clinical providers. The training module is available free of charge. A certificate of completion is provided to those that complete the course.

NRC Hiring for Key Positions (07/08/2010)

The EMSC National Resource Center (NRC) is looking for curious, detail-oriented individuals with excellent analytical, writing, and, verbal communication skills to fill two open positions. The ideal candidates will be familiar with and seek to make a difference in the field of emergency medical services or child health issues. The ideal candidates will work with NRC staff members and the federal program officers to support the EMSC research grantees, pediatric-related committees, stakeholder groups, and various EMSC related projects. For more information and a full job description, please contact Jaclynn Haymon.

NEDARC Members Publish in Prehospital Emergency Care Journal (07/08/2010)

Congratulations to Patricia Schmuhl, Angie Webster, and Lenora Olson for their recent publication in the July/September 2010 issue of Prehospital Emergency Care. The article abstract, “Reaching Emergency Medical Services Providers: Is One Survey Mode Better Than Another?” is now available. For a full-text version, contact Gayathri Jayawardena, EMSC NRC program associate, at 202-476-6886.

South Carolina EMSC Welcomes New EMS Director(07/01/2010)

The South Carolina Division of EMS and Trauma has recently named Jennifer Paddock as its new EMS director. Ms. Paddock began her career as an EMSC program manager where she spent five years working to improve pediatric emergency care across the state. Afterwards, Ms. Paddock became the state EMS coordinator where she provided oversight to South Carolina’s Compliance, Training, and Certification programs. As the new EMS director, she will continue to keep pediatrics in the forefront of South Carolina’s emergency medical system of care.

Indiana’s EMSC Project Director Receives Appointment to State’s EMS Commission's TAC (06/17/2010)

On May 10, Governor Mitch Daniels confirmed the three-year appointment of Elizabeth Weinstein, MD, Indiana EMSC project director, to the Indiana EMS Commission's Technical Advisory Committee (TAC).

The EMS Commission is responsible for establishing and implementing policies and procedures to ensure that the highest level of emergency medical care is provided to all residents of Indiana. The purpose of TAC is to review specific topics assigned by the Commission and to provide recommendations regarding implementation and adoption of rules. TAC will consider both operational and educational matters related to EMS.

Dr. Weinstein's appointment to TAC will ensure that pediatric issues are given due consideration within Indiana's EMS system, along with incorporation of pediatric representation on Indiana's EMS Board. Congratulations!

NRC Provides Evaluation Highlights from 2010 Annual Grantee Meeting (06/10/2010)

The evaluation results for the 2010 Annual Grantee Meeting are in! This year, 241 guests pre-registered for the meeting and an additional 25 registered on-site. Of those who completed the overall meeting evaluation, 91% were completely or moderately satisfied that the meeting met their goals, more than 40% considered the meeting “much better” or “better” than last year’s conference, and nearly 80% indicated it was “very” or “somewhat” likely that they would change how their EMSC-related activities are conducted on the basis of the meeting.

New Mexico EMSC Announces Adrenal Crisis; EMS Online Education Opportunity (06/08/2010)

New Mexico EMSC, in collaboration with the Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia Research Education and Support (CARES) Foundation, is pleased to announce the launch of Adrenal Crisis and EMS, an online training module offered through the University of New Mexico's (UNM) EMSC Online Education Program. The new module offers EMS pediatric continuing education (CE) for all emergency responders. 

The module is considered a key component in achieving CARES Foundation's goal of nationwide inclusion of Solu-Cortef on EMS formularies and having necessary protocols and training in place for the emergency medical treatment of adrenal insufficiency. To access this courses, visit the UNM EMSC-Pediatric CE Course Directory. 

Oregon Hosts 10th Annual EMSC Conference (05/06/2010)

Oregon EMSC will host its 10th Annual EMSC Conference May 21-22, 2010. This year’s event will present up-to-date clinical information on prehospital and hospital pediatric emergency care, with conference presenters including EMS providers, physicians, nurses, advocates, and injury prevention specialists. Additional topics to be covered will include: pediatric best practices, systems improvement, equipment, and special needs.

EMTs, first responders, paramedics, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and physicians, as well as all those interested in the conference are invited to learn more and register.

Florida EMSC Welcomes New Program Manager (04/29/2010)

The Florida Bureau of EMS and the federal EMSC Program welcome Florida’s new EMSC Program and Planning Manger Melissa Keahey. Melissa has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and extensive experience in the areas of disaster planning and preparedness, meeting and event coordination, training and education, project management, and data collection and analysis using various survey tools. Welcome aboard Melissa!

Illinois EMSC Develops Pediatric Mild Traumatic Head Injury Educational Module (04/15/2010)

Head trauma is one of the most common childhood injuries. In the 2003 Report to Congress, the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control targeted mild traumatic head injury as an under-recognized national health threat. To enhance the care of pediatric patients who present to the emergency department with mild head injuries, the Illinois EMSC program has developed the Pediatric Mild Traumatic Head Injury educational module. This education encompasses a number of topics including: appropriate assessment, management, and discharge planning, as well as essential patient education. The module is being offered for 3.0 nursing contact hours/Category II CME.

HRSA/EMSC Announces Program Job Opportunities (04/01/2010)

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), EMSC Program has the potential to hire two GS-13 public health analysts from the following announcement number: HHS-HRSA-2010-0126 (GS-0685-13) Public Health Analyst. Please note that the closing date is April 12, 2010. The application process does not specify that you will work with the EMSC Program. However, if you are applying for this position due to your interest in working with the federal EMSC Program send an email to CAPT Daniel Kavanaugh, senior program manager, EMSC Program, dkavanaugh@hrsa.gov, stating, “I am applying for the HRSA Public Health Analyst Position (GS-13),” so that he is aware that you are applying. Certainly you should highlight any emergency care experience (whether clinical, administrative, or both) within the application.

NRC Posts 2010 EMSC Day Toolkit (04/01/2010)

This year, EMSC Day will be held on Wednesday, May 19, 2010, in conjunction with EMS Week (May 16-22). To help EMSC grantees plan for the 2010 celebration, the EMSC National Resource Center has created an EMSC Day Planning Booklet. This booklet includes useful ideas about planning for the day-long celebration, ways to promote pediatric emergency medical care within your community, activities for children, information on working with local media, and more. Also available for download: National EMSC Day clip art, clip advertisements, and an animated web banner. Consider taking part in this national event and use the planning kit to jump start the celebration!

Maryland EMSC Completes Training DVD on IO Insertion (04/01/2010)

Maryland EMSC has developed a new training DVD on intraosseous (IO) insertion that includes the EZ IO drill. A complimentary copy of the DVD will be sent via US Postal Service to each EMSC manager in the near future.

New Publication in the Importance of Performance Measures (03/25/2010)

Diana Fendya and Tasmeen Singh Weik of the EMSC National Resource Center and Sally Snow, an EMSC stakeholder and the trauma program director of Cook Children’s Medical Center in Texas, were published in the January-March issue of the Journal of Trauma Nursing. The abstract for “Using System Change as Method of Performance/Quality Improvement for Emergency and Trauma Care of Severely Injured Children: Pediatric System Performance Improvement” is available online. For a full-text version, contact Kelly Johnson, EMSC NRC program associate, at kyjohnso@childrensnational.org or 202.476.6840.

EMSC TI Grantees Publish Project on Pediatric ED Family Presence (03/18/2010)

Funded by an EMSC Targeted Issues (TI) grant, Children’s National Medical Center Primary Investigator Karen O’Connell and her team have published “Family Presence During Trauma Activations and Medical Resuscitations in a Pediatric Emergency Department: An Evidence-Based Practice Project.” Appearing in the March 2010 issue of the Journal of Emergency Nursing (Vol. 36, Issue 2, Pgs. 115-121), this project documents the feasibility of implementing a family presence intervention in a pediatric emergency department (ED) while ensuring uninterrupted patient care.

NRC Posts First Two Videos in iPEMS Podcast Series (03/18/2010)

The EMSC National Resource Center (NRC), in collaboration with the Alliance for Pediatric Emergency Medication Safety, has produced a series of podcasts called iPEMS. These multimedia podcasts target medical students, residents, and fellowship trainees, and focus on three objectives: (1) educating trainees about pediatric medication safety issues in the emergency setting, (2) describing potential solutions to improve medication safety, and (3) equipping trainees with the tools to implement a quality improvement initiative in their training programs.

Developed by the NRC’s Dr. Tiffani Johnson, the first two podcasts -- “Introduction of Patient Safety" and “Human Factors in Medication Safety” -- are now available online through the NRC website.

EMSC and ATS Gear Up for National Trauma Month (03/11/2010)

The EMSC Program is teaming up with the American Trauma Society (ATS) to promote National Trauma Awareness Month. Occurring during the month of May, the commemorative celebration is designed to raise awareness about trauma and trauma prevention. This year’s observance will focus on distracted driving, demonstrating the dangers of driving while eating, texting, using a cell phone or other hand-held devices.

The EMSC National Resource Center created the artwork and an informational brochure for this year’s observation. It along with other materials will be distributed to more than 200 trauma centers throughout the country. Electronic copies of the brochure are available for download on the NRC website.

EMSC Releases Targeted Issues Grant Guidance (03/08/2010)

The Health Resources and Service Administration's Maternal and Child Health Bureau has released its EMSC Targeted Issue Grant Guidance for the fiscal year 2010 new competition. EMSC Targeted Issue grants are intended to improve the health infrastructure and systems of care, as well as assuring quality of care. Applications should address specific needs in the field of pediatric emergency care that transcend state boundaries.

Typically the projects result in a new product or resource or the demonstration of the effectiveness of a model system component or service of value to the nation. Objectives must meet a demonstrable need, and methodologies and strategies for achieving the objectives must be realistic, appropriate, and scientifically sound. Each application must contain an evaluation plan that contains measurable outcomes and clearly defined time frames for conducting the evaluation.

The Health Resources and Service Administration's Maternal and Child Health Bureau anticipates making five awards at $300,000 a year for three years with a project start date of September 1, 2010. Applications are due in Grants.gov on April 23, 2010. Applicants should carefully review the project focus areas on pages 1 - 2 of the application guidance.

New York EMSC Advisory Committee Posts Pediatric Regionalization Paper (03/04/2010)

New York’s EMSC Advisory Committee has recently posted online the document Pediatric Regional Critical Care Hospitals: White Paper on Evidence and Improvement Opportunities in New York. The white paper focuses on the regionalization of pediatric care, and may be of assistance to EMSC grantees working on facility recognition programs, as applicable to performance measures 74 and 75.

Puerto Rico EMSC Shares Updates on Program Activities (03/04/2010)

On March 3, 2010, the Puerto Rico EMSC program excitedly shared their successes with moving forward on legislation (PR public law 544) authorizing the Secretary of Health to establish a trauma system in Puerto Rico. The amendment seeks to create a uniform protocol for handling and transferring trauma patients. It also requires the establishment of a process to designate trauma centers. For all of their hard work on this issue, special recognition goes to: the EMSC program staff; Dr. Lorenzo González, Secretary of Health; and Thomas Rivera Schatz, president of the Senate of Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico also continued its efforts to train medical professionals by sponsoring a Pediatric Advance Life Support (PALS) course.

NEDARC Announces 2010 Workshops (02/18/2010)

The National Emergency Medical Services for Children Data Analysis Resource Center (NEDARC) has posted finalized 2010 workshop topics and locations based on results from a recent workshop topics needs assessment survey. Workshops will address: improving EMSC performance measure survey response rates, creating tables and charts for presentations and reports, scientific grant writing, and analyzing state EMSC performance measure data. Attendees are responsible for arranging their own travel, lodging, meals, and incidentals.

EMSC NRC Releases Interactive Tool for Disaster Volunteers (02/05/2010)

In partnership with the Mailman School of Public Health and the National Center for Disaster Preparedness, the EMSC National Resource Center has developed an online interactive map designed to provide health care professionals interested in volunteering a resource to identify disaster volunteer agencies in their state. As you click on the desired state, agencies recruiting volunteers will be listed in alphabetical order along with the type of health care volunteers needed and any required training and certifications. Volunteer applications for each agency are also provided. For additional information about the new tool, contact Jaclynn Haymon at jhaymon@childrensnational.org.

EMSC Announces Changes to Pediatric Equipment List (02/04/2010)

The EMSC Program has updated an item on the Recommended Pediatric Equipment List for BLS and ALS Ambulances. After a survey and lengthy discussion amongst experts, states and territories will now be allowed to carry UNCUFFED AND/OR CUFFED Endotracheal (ET) Tubes for sizes 2.5 to 8.0. This change affects EMSC Performance Measure 73, which requires that all states and territories have essential pediatric equipment and supplies as outlined in national guidelines.

Hannah Stream Joins EMSC as Utah’s Program Manager (02/02/2010)

EMSC welcomes Hannah Stream as Utah’s new program manager. Hannah most recently served as an emergency disaster planner in the Utah Department of Health’s Preparedness Program where her duties included supervising the Continuity Program, coordinating pandemic influenza response plans, and overseeing aspects of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response grants.

Hannah holds a Masters Degree in Public Health from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her educational background also includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from Mercyhurst College, as well as a certificate in cytotechnology from the Johns Hopkins School in Clinical Cellular Sciences. She has experience working in pathology in the hospital laboratory setting at the Reading Hospital and Medical Center in Pennsylvania.

Hannah can be reached at hstream@utah.gov.

Nominate Your Colleague Today for an EMSC National Hero Award (02/01/2010)

The EMSC National Resource Center (NRC) is currently seeking nominations for the 2010 EMSC National Heroes Awards (NHA). These awards are presented to individuals who make an outstanding contribution to the EMSC program.

This year's award categories include: EMSC Project Coordinator/Manager of Distinction, EMSC Provider Leadership, EMSC Family Volunteer of the Year, EMSC Advisory Committee Member, Outstanding EMSC Research Project, State EMSC Policy Leader of Distinction, and EMSC Lifetime Achievement.

To nominate an individual, please complete the online nomination form. Nominations will only be accepted using the EMSC National Resource Center's online nomination process. Criteria used to select the winning candidate in each category are available for download. All nominations are due no later than Friday, March 12.

National Heroes Award winners will be announced at this year's Annual EMSC Program Meeting to be held May 25 - 27, at the Doubletree Hotel and Executive Meeting Center in Bethesda, MD.

Save the Date: EMSC to Sponsor Three Upcoming Webcasts (01/20/2010)

The federal EMSC Program will sponsor the following three webcasts in February and March:

For more information or to register for a webcast, click on the name of the webcast above. Please register at least one day in advance

Oregon EMSC Advisory Committee Member Presents Online Pediatric Education (01/07/2010)

Oregon EMSC Advisory Committee Member Cynthia Cristofani, MD, along with staff from Providence Medical Center, presented the webinar “Caring for the Pediatric Brain” The presentation includes slides, audio, and a video of pediatric patients receiving a neuro -assessment for behavior. The presentation also reviews several types of seizures.

NRC Provides Updates on Health Reform Legislation and Information (01/07/2010)

On November 7, 2009, the House of Representatives passed their version of health care reform legislation, H.R. 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act. The Senate followed suit and passed their version of such legislation, H.R. 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, on December 24, 2009. The EMSC National Resource Center's Karen Belli has available the various EMS-related provisions in both bills. The House and Senate will have to work out the differences between the legislation and vote on a final, compromise bill before health care reform can become law.

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