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Project ADAM Tennessee

Project ADAM Tennessee provides schools with information, materials, training and support in the management of Public Access to Defibrillation (PAD) programs. Supported by East Tennessee Children's Hospital since 2011, the placement of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in area schools is a priority. In addition to these life-saving devices, Project ADAM helps schools coordinate and train emergency response teams, assists with practice drills, and ensures staff and community awareness.

Project ADAM is a not-for-profit national resource for implementing PADs and works towards the eradication of sudden cardiac death in children through research, education and prevention initiatives. As the state affiliate of the national Project ADAM organization, our schools benefit from sharing best practices, medical developments and regional news.

What is an AED and why do we need them?

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are lightweight, portable devices which deliver an electric shock to the heart, only if needed. When the heart is in sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), a shock delivered to the heart can halt an abnormal, ineffective rhythm and enable the heart to return to a normal rhythm. A shock delivered within 3-5 minutes can save a life and for every minute that passes, survival rates drop by 10%.



Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) often occurs in active people with no history of heart conditions. In children, common causes are genetic, congenital or related to a sudden blow to the chest. Some risk factors include: previous heart attack, smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, arrhythmias of unknown cause, unexplained fainting episodes.


It is estimated that a substantial percentage of our population are inside our schools on any given day. Defibrillators will not only benefit children, but the many adults who work and volunteer in our schools. Studies strongly support the use of CPR and AEDs in the event of sudden cardiac arrest; when school teams are trained in appropriate recognition and response, survival rates soar.

Childhood Cardiac Arrest

Heart Safe Schools in Tennessee

Each year, it is estimated that between 600-1000 children die from sudden cardiac arrest. Many of these deaths could have been avoided with the use of an AED. Project ADAM schools are provided with materials and support as they work through criteria leading to Heart-Safe status. Team members and school staffs will be offered CPR/AED training, learn signs of sudden cardiac arrest, and employ proper maintenance of equipment.


By early fall, 2014, all public schools in Knox County will have one or more AEDs on their campus. Many of our schools have achieved Heart-Safe Certification and many others are working towards it. Placement of AEDs in surrounding county schools will be the focus for the 2014-15 school year. Project ADAM will continue to work with all East Tennessee schools on maintaining CPR/AED training and maintenance of effective response programs.


List of heart-safe schools in East Tennessee

Anderson County Public Schools

Elementary schools
Claxton


Blount County Public Schools

Elementary schools
Middlesettlements


Cocke County Public Schools

Elementary schools
Edgemont Elementary


Grainger County Public Schools

Kindergarten through high school
Washburn School


Maryville City Schools

Elementary schools
Foothills
John Sevier
Sam Houston


Alternative Schools

KAEC
North Knox CTEC
Richard Yoakley
Ridgedale


Area Private Schools

Berean School
Christian Academy of Knoxville
Knoxville Catholic High
Knoxville Montessori School
St. Mary's Oak Ridge


Knox County Public Schools

Elementary schools
Adrian Burnett
A.L. Lotts
Amherst
Ball Camp
Beaumont
Belle Morris
Bluegrass
Brickey-McCloud
Carter
Christenberry
Copper Ridge
Corryton
Dogwood
East Knox
Farragut Primary
Fountain City
Gap Creek
Gibbs
Green
Inskip
Karns
Lonsdale
Maynard
Mooreland Heights
Northshore
Norwood
Pleasant Ridge
Pond Gap
Rocky Hill
Sequoyah
Shannondale
South Knox
Sunnyview
West Haven


Middle schools
Bearden
Carter
Cedar Bluff
Gresham
Halls
Holston
South-Doyle
Vine


High schools
Austin-East
Bearden
Carter
Farragut
Fulton
Gibbs
Halls
Karns
L&N STEM



Contact Us

Project ADAM support is provided at no cost by East Tennessee Children's Hospital. If your school would like more information about becoming Heart-Safe, please contact Karen Dean Smith, Project ADAM Tennessee Coordinator, at 865-541-8137.