Humphreys County Designated Project ADAM Heart Safe School District
The Humphreys Co. School District has been designated a Project ADAM Heart Safe School District. We have joined a community effort to place Automated External Defibrillators (AED's) in all of our schools. The students, visitors and employees of Humphreys County Schools will have a better chance of surviving a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) because of a new Cardiac Emergency Response Plan surrounding the use of AED's. This Cardiac Emergency Response Plan was implemented through a partnership with Project ADAM by training staff (and some students) to recognize a cardiac arrest and respond appropriately.
Through our cooperative efforts with Project ADAM Tennessee at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, we have joined hundreds of schools throughout the State of Tennessee and beyond in preparing out schools for a life-threatening emergency. This program enables us to offer any person who may experience a Sudden Cardiac Arrest the best chance of survival.
In the United States, SCA affect more than 350,000 people annually and is the leading cause of death each year. While most SCA deaths occur in adults, SCA is also the leading cause of death in young athletes and can also strike children participating in normal school or sports activity. Sudden cardiac arrest is the abrupt, unexpected loss of heart function, usually resulting from an electrical problem within the heart. When this happens, the heart stops beating and blood stops flowing to the brain and other vital organs. When this occurs, the victim collapses and loses consciousness. SCA most often results in death if not treated within minutes. Defibrillation, which delivers an electric shock to the heart, is the only known treatment to stop this chaotic electrical activity within the heart. Each minute defibrillation is delayed, the victim's chances of survival decreases by 10%.
AED's are safe and easy to use, making it possible for non-medical personnel to be trained to provide rapid defibrillation for victims of all ages. Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt has partnered with Project ADAM to begin supporting Middle TN schools and community centers. The goal is for every school in middle Tennessee to achieve the Heart Safe designation. This designation indicates to the public that their school staff is trained and prepared to respond to a cardiac emergency.
Staff and Students Participating in Recent CPR/AED Drills