Sudden cardiac arrest preparedness in Michigan: Partnering with project ADAM to develop a HEART safe schools state model.

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Following the sudden cardiac death of a young person, families and communities may consider how best to prevent future tragic deaths. We describe a program to promote preparedness for sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and bystander response in schools and by extension into communities. The MI HEARTSafe Schools program was initiated in 2014 by a multifaceted state-wide group convened by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS).

Pediatric healthcare providers can play a vital role in supporting community-based SCA preparedness efforts. In the development of this program to honor school SCA preparedness, medical providers and other groups collaborated under state health department leadership. A national school-based public- access defibrillator program, Project ADAM (Automated Defibrillators in Adam's Memory) , provided the medical basis for our model. Of note, family foundations have been instrumental in the development and sustainability of our program, through school-based CPR training and automated external defibrillator (AED) donations and by championing of this initiative throughout the state



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