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Project ADAM Heart Safe Schools
Michael’s story: Surviving sudden cardiac arrest on the basketball court
Watch this video to learn how 16-year-old Michael Saxby survived the unimaginable, and how things could have turned out very differently had the school and staff been unprepared.
Project ADAM Heart Safe Schools is a designation awarded to schools who have implemented a sustainable and comprehensive CPR and AED program.
What is the need?
According to the American Heart Association, the incidence of EMS-assessed out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is 326,200 with an average survival rate of 10.6% (American Heart Association Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics 2015 Update). Approximately 20 percent of a community is in its schools on any given day, including students, teachers, staff and family members. A focused effort on cardiac arrest preparedness in schools is critical to protecting our children and others in the school community.
What does it mean to be a Heart Safe School?
- Ensuring AEDs are available and accessible.
- Having a written plan and team of CPR/AED-trained staff ready to act in an emergency.
- Conducting cardiac emergency response practice drills.
What are the benefits?
- Being prepared to appropriately respond to sudden cardiac arrest on campus, increasing the potential to save the life of a student, staff member, or visitor.
- Uniting with other Wisconsin schools to prepare for cardiac emergencies and increase survivability of sudden cardiac arrest.
- Receiving recognition for your life saving efforts with a Heart Safe School Designation, a framed certificate and your school being listed on our website under the tab “School Map.”
- Heart Safe Schools receive a letter to the Superintendant.
- The opportunity to provide information about any sudden cardiac arrest event at your school so that it can be entered into a national database. This enables your program to be contributory to statewide and national research on prevention of sudden cardiac death.
How to become a Designated Heart Safe School:
- Conduct a cardiac emergency preparedness assessment of your school site by completing the Heart Safe School Checklist.
- Follow the Step by Step Process for preparing your school for a cardiac emergency.
- Once you have completed the process, complete and return the Heart Safe School Checklist and the AED Drill Summary Checklist. Email the checklists to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Promote your Project ADAM Heart Safe School Designation:
Get the word out! Being prepared for a sudden cardiac emergency is an amazing accomplishment that you should share with your community. Use our resources to do the following:
- Send a Press Release about your Heart Safe School Designation.
- Send a Letter to your students and families notifying them of your CPR/AED program and Heart Safe School Designation.
Plan an assembly, health fair or event to teach kids and families Bystander CPR and how to use an AED.
- Apply for a Project ADAM School CPR-AED Grant.
- Please visit our national website, www.projectadam.com/heartsafeschools, for the most up to date Project ADAM manual, videos and templates.
- Fundraising opportunity – raise money for your school through Applebee’s Dining to Donate program
Visit our Site coordinator training page for more information or to sign up for training.