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Benefits include increased awareness of sudden cardiac arrest, how to initiate a timely response, guidance on establishing CPR/AED life skills for students and staff, and assistance with planning for a comprehensive school AED implementation/deployment plan.
Project ADAM schools commit to implement protocols provided in the Project ADAM manuals. The manual assists school staff in forming an emergency response team; implementing practice AED drills; educating school staff, students and parents on the location of the AED; conducting appropriate maintenance and testing of equipment; and keeping an accurate record of staff trained in CPR.
Since Project ADAM’s inception in 1999, nationally there have been more than 50 documented cases of lives being saved in Project ADAM-affiliated schools. Thirty of the lives saved were in Georgia, where more than 800 schools have implemented Project S.A.V.E., the Project ADAM affiliate in Georgia.
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Project ADAM has created templates of many emergency preparedness policies, procedures and letters that your school can tailor to your specific institution.
The key is letting facts tell your story. The extent of the problem, legal issues, cost, training and program implementation all are factors to be considered. Project ADAM staff can help you put together your presentation to include all of this information. We also have a CD and video that you can use to generate support and funding for your program. In addition, we are able to travel to your location and speak with key groups of people to help explain the program and the implications for the school and community.
Planning begins with a committee of key people including school administrators, athletic personnel, school nurses, parents, local emergency medical personnel, medical directors and any community groups you have identified as being interested in supporting the initiative. The Project ADAM manual and resources will help you answer some initial questions, anticipate the costs and begin planning for training and program implementation. We also have staff who can help lead your first meeting and assist with the planning process.