Sudden cardiac arrest preparedness in Michigan: Partnering with project ADAM to develop a HEART safe schools state model.
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
Goble M, Avula S, Duquette D, Gillary R, Fosse G, Swor RA, et al. Sudden cardiac arrest preparedness in Michigan: Partnering with project ADAM to develop a HEART safe schools state model. Progress in Pediatric Cardiology. 2017:45:43-48.