Project ADAM Tennessee
AED Training in East Tennessee Schools
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
Tennessee 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, 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 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
- High blood pressure
- 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.
Project ADAM Tennessee Resources
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
click here to download the Project ADAM Tennessee information packet or
view the document in your browser.
Heart Safe Schools
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.
This PowerPoint presentation and
these notes show how school nurses how to understand and respond to a child's
sudden cardiac arrest.
In the 2015-16 school year, all public schools in East Tennessee 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.