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Implementing Heart Safe Schools
Project ADAM Heart Safe School designation is attained by schools upon successful implementation of a quality sudden cardiac arrest program of awareness, training and effective emergency response to promote a Heart Safe environment for students, visitors and staff as outlined within the Heart Safe School Checklist.
What is the need?
- Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is a leading cause of death in the U.S., taking the lives of over 326,200 every year in the community.
- The current average survival rate of SCA in the community is approximately 10.6%.
- 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 is 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.
- Free school consultations, templates and videos to support schools in earning their designation.
- Heart Safe School celebration and a personalized school banner to promote your designation.
How to become a Heart Safe School:
- Connect with your school leadership and conduct a cardiac emergency preparedness assessment of your school campus by completing and returning the Heart Safe School Checklist.
- On the national website, follow the steps that are outlined on the