Sudden cardiac arrest is the #1 killer of student athletes and the leading cause of death on school campuses, though most schools are underprepared to respond to a cardiac emergency, in contrast to the ample time and resources invested in fire protection readiness.
Every school must have a fire extinguisher and conduct fire drills, so given the statistics, why isn’t there a national standard for protecting young hearts at school?
In response, an American Heart Association task force developed a Cardiac Emergency Response Plan (CERP) toolkit that empowers schools to be prepared for a cardiac emergency. As co-members of this task force, Parent Heart Watch created Get Charged Up! and partnered with SHAPE America to support putting this plan into action.
The goals of the program are to model the importance of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and Cardiac Emergency Response Plans (CERP) in schools to prevent sudden cardiac death, and to familiarize administrators, educators, school nurses, coaches and parents about the role they can plan to champion prevention in their school community.
This year’s program will launch in October. Parent Heart Watch and SHAPE America then work with the selected schools to implement a Cardiac Emergency Response Plan by February, which is also Heart Month. Selected program participants will receive an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for their school. Specific program parameters are in the online application.
Apply here by October 23, 2018