Project ADAM Tennessee

Project ADAMProject ADAM Tennessee was launched by Children’s Hospital in 2011 with the mission of placing Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in elementary and middle schools and instructing school personnel in the proper use of CPR and AEDs in Knox County.

The goal was to make AEDs available to all area schools and work toward eliminating sudden cardiac death in children and community members through education and prevention.

Since starting the program, the focus has expanded beyond Knox County and now includes support to schools and programs throughout the state. We now have a Project ADAM Tennessee training site, which has certified school nurses in seven different counties as HeartSaver Instructors. In turn, these school nurses are certified to train their school staff in CPR and AED use.

Partnerships with Knox County Schools and Coordinated School Health have helped Project ADAM Tennessee continue to make a difference. Opportunities continue to promote the program’s expansion. As of July 1st, 2018, a new Tennessee law requires all public high schools to carry and clearly display AED devices. It is also strongly encouraged for public middle and elementary schools and private schools to place AED devices.

Since the passing of this law -- and the “Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act” -- interest in Project ADAM will only continue to grow in years to come.