Project ADAM (Automated Defibrillators in Adam's Memory) is a national, non-profit organization committed to saving lives through advocacy, education, preparedness and collaboration to prevent sudden cardiac death. Focused prevention training and education ensures schools and communities are not only equipped, but trained in prevention of sudden cardiac death.
Advocacy: Focusing on legislative advocacy and awareness to strengthen the cardiac chain of survival in our communities.
Education: Providing initial, re-certification, and train the trainer guidance and mentorship to our constituents.
Preparedness: Committed to ensuring cardiac arrest response equipment, training support and coordinated emergency action plans.
Collaboration: Committed to building necessary partnerships at the state and national level to implement and sustain comprehensive CPR-AED programs.
Memory: In memory of Adam Lemel, a 17-year-old Whitefish Bay, WI, high school student who collapsed and died while playing basketball at school, we will strengthen the cardiac chain of survival in schools and communities.
Project ADAM began in 1999 after a series of sudden deaths among high school athletes in southeastern Wisconsin. Many of these deaths appear due to ventricular fibrillation, a condition in which the ventricles cannot pump blood into the body.
After Adam Lemel, a 17-year-old Whitefish Bay, WI, high school student collapsed and died while playing basketball, Adam's parents — Patty Lemel and Joe Lemel, collaborated with Children's Hospital of Wisconsin to create this program in Adam's memory.
In the following video, see how Project ADAM, a program of the Herma Heart Center, is making a difference by ensuring the cardiac chain of survival is available to our schools and communities.
Video: Learn about Project ADAM
Learn more about Project Adam from this May 31, 2014 article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
What does Project ADAM do?
The project helps schools in Wisconsin and across the nation implement programs to make automated external defibrillators (AEDs) available. Our programs also aim to support schools in being prepared for a cardiac emergency through staff CPR and AED training, student CPR education, fundraising ideas and support and sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) awareness education for students, staff and families. An AED is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the potentially life threatening cardiac problems. The project also is involved in research and advocacy efforts.
What is an AED?
An AED (automated external defibrillator) is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses potentially life threatening cardiac problems. A shock delivered by an AED within 3-5 minutes may save these lives. Survival rates decrease up to 10% with each minute of delay.
Who does Project ADAM serve?
More than 800 Wisconsin schools or school districts have been served by Project ADAM. In addition, Project ADAM is working to establish affiliate sites across the country to help all schools become equipped to handle a sudden cardiac incident. There are Project ADAM affiliate sites in Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee and Washington with several additional sites in process. It is easy to become a Project ADAM school or affiliate site.
Expertise and leadership
Medical directors around the nation have adopted Project ADAM as an extension of cardiac care into schools and communities. If your hospital wants to reach schools through AED and CPR programs, please contact us to learn about becoming an affiliate.
The project also provides leadership experience and expertise as a community, state and national resource, and helps create partnerships and the sharing of information.
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