Eleven schools across the United States each have been awarded a HeartSine Automated External Defibrillator (AED) package as winners of a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) poster contest sponsored by Project ADAM and HeartSine Technologies.
The poster contest, which was part of an important initiative to raise awareness of SCA, gave all U.S. elementary, middle, and high schools the opportunity to receive a defibrillator package, which could be placed on school grounds or school buses, or be available during sporting events.
In order to qualify, students had to create one poster from each school that addressed one or more of these SCA topics: symptoms of SCA, surviving SCA, and preparing for SCA. Posters were judged on school teamwork, design originality, visual appeal, and SCA awareness message clarity. Each poster was required to be created entirely by the students attending the school, without any adult assistance.
“School is the ideal place to build awareness of Sudden Cardiac Arrest, which is the leading cause of death on school property in the U.S.,” says Rene’ Williams, HeartSine’s Director of Global Marketing. “By educating our young, soon we’ll have an entire generation of people prepared and willing to come to the aid of a SCA victims. Groups like Project ADAM are making great strides in educating the public about SCA and the need for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training and AEDs.”
The response to the contest was tremendously encouraging. Students and faculty members across the country created innovative posters that truly recognized the importance of an AED, as many of the posters stressed the symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest and the significance of housing AEDs on school property and at sporting events.
“Project ADAM is committed to raising awareness of Sudden Cardiac Arrest and the importance of AEDs and emergency action plans in schools,” says Allison Thompson, Project ADAM Administrator. “We are grateful to have partnered with HeartSine Technologies on this campaign, as it is crucial to give our youth and schools the tools and knowledge required to save a life.”
HeartSine and Project ADAM awarded 11 complete CPR/AED packages that include a HeartSine samaritan PAD 350P AED with carrying case and Pad-PakTM, a wall case, and CPR and AED training for up to 12 people at each school.
HeartSine and Project ADAM congratulate the following 11 schools that were selected to receive a HeartSine AED package:
- Castleberry High School – Fort Worth, TX
- Huntland School – Huntland, TN
- Inderkum High School – Natomas, CA
- James Lowell Elementary School – Philadelphia, PA
- Mountainside Middle School – Colbert, WA
- Oliver Springs Middle School – Oliver Springs, TN
- Riverside Elementary – Battle Creek, MI
- South Hall Middle School – Flowery Branch, GA
- Warren G. Harding Middle School – Philadelphia, PA
- Woodlands School East Elementary School – Milwaukee, WI
- Woodlands School West Middle School – Milwaukee, WI
The 11 winning photos can be seen at http://heartsine.com/postercontest/
About Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA)
Sudden Cardiac Arrest happens to people of all ages, including children. It is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating, causing blood to stop flowing to the brain and other vital organs. SCA usually causes death if it’s not treated within minutes. CPR alone will not restart the heart, so the American Heart Association and ERC recommend CPR combined with early defibrillation (within three to five minutes) for the best outcome.
SCA claims more than seven million lives annually. It occurs abruptly and without warning, with 84 percent of SCA events occurring outside of the healthcare setting.
About Project ADAM
Project ADAM began in 1999 after a series of sudden deaths among high school athletes in southeastern Wisconsin. Many of these deaths appear due to ventricular fibrillation, a condition in which the ventricles cannot pump blood into the body.
After Adam Lemel, a 17-year-old Whitefish Bay, WI, high school student collapsed and died while playing basketball, Adam’s parents — Patty Lemel and Joe Lemel — along with David Ellis, a childhood friend of Adam’s, collaborated with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin to create this program in Adam’s memory.
The project helps schools in Wisconsin and across the nation implement programs to make automated external defibrillators (AEDs) available. Our programs also aim to support schools in being prepared for a cardiac emergency through staff CPR and AED training, student CPR education, fundraising ideas and support and sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) awareness education for students, staff and families. An AED is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the potentially life threatening cardiac problems.
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