Implementing Heart Safe Schools
Project ADAM affiliates strive to assist schools and communities in establishing an emergency plan to place into action in the incidence of a sudden cardiac arrest. It’s not enough simply to have AEDs in the building. Lives are saved when schools are prepared not only with a documented plan, but also with a cardiac response team, in addition to being well trained and practiced on how to respond in the event of a cardiac emergency.
Project ADAM affiliates provide the foundation for schools to plan and develop their program, including planning templates, a reference manual and one-on-one consultation on how to help prevent sudden cardiac death in the school setting.
Project ADAM Heart Safe School designation is attained by schools upon successful implementation of a quality sudden cardiac arrest program of awareness, training and effective emergency response to promote a Heart Safe environment for students, visitors and staff as outlined within the Heart Safe School Checklist.
Step 1: Project ADAM Heart Safe School Checklist
As an initial assessment of cardiac emergency preparedness, please download and fill out one checklist per school and return to your Project ADAM Program Coordinator. If you do not have an affiliate program in your state, use this tool as an assessment and guide to implementing a Heart Safe School.
Step 2: Project ADAM Heart Safe School Manual
Schools can utilize the following detailed manual as a guide to implementing Project ADAM Heart Safe Schools. Click on the link below to download and review the manual.
Step 3: Project ADAM Heart Safe School Toolkit
Schools can learn how to fulfill each criteria of the Heart Safe School Checklist by following the steps outlined in the toolkit.
Step 4: Program Templates & Videos
Schools can utilize the following templates to implement Project ADAM Heart Safe Schools. Click on any of the links below to download word documents that can be customized for your school building. Contact your local affiliate for support.
Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)
Cardiac Emergency Response Team
Cardiac Emergency Response Plan (CERP)
- CERP Full version - appropriate for a school policy and procedure manual
- CERP Abbreviated versions- for quick reference or visually posting response plan
Cardiac Emergency Response Drills
If you use your AED
Heart Safe School Training Videos
Chapter 1: The Adam in Project ADAM
Chapter 2: Understanding Sudden Cardiac Arrest
Chapter 3: Being Prepared in a Cardiac Emergency
Chapter 4: Implementing Project ADAM in Your School
All staff awareness
Annual Maintenance Cycle to Maintain Heart Safe School Designation
This resource is a valuable tool to understand the ongoing responsibilities
of maintaining Heart Safe School Designation.