CARDIOVASCULAR

For each minute that passes as sudden cardiac arrest occurs, the chance of survival falls by 10 percent. With an AED on-site, school responders can immediately attempt to save a life.

AED eductation

University of Michigan joins nationwide effort to teach proper use of devices

issue 19 | Fall 2013

Although more and more schools are realizing the need for AEDs on campus, just purchasing a machine is not enough. Students, teachers and other school personnel need to be prepared to quickly and efficiently respond to a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). To address this need, the University of Michigan has become an affiliate of Project ADAM, a nationwide initiative named for Adam Lemel, who died of an SCA on a high school basketball court. The project's goal is to facilitate education about the appropriate use of an AED.

“Over the years, we've seen too many children die or suffer neurological impairment from an SCA, who might have been helped if schools were better prepared,” explains Monica Goble, M.D., pediatric cardiologist and medical director of Project ADAM Michigan. “Our goal is to help schools be prepared, not just in athletics, but anywhere on school grounds. By doing this, not only are we preparing for the next emergency, but we empower students and teachers to act if they witness an event outside school or later in life.”

U-M offers a wide variety of support, guidance, training materials and access to resources for community physicians who wish to help facilitate this education in their local schools. “Contact your local school(s), and see where they are in the process of AED education,” advises Goble. "We here at U-M are eager to partner with physicians to bring these resources to the community to help support these important efforts.”