A Program for Schools That Saves Lives
Pediatric sudden cardiac death happens without warning. The sudden loss of heart function affects 600 to 1,000 children and adolescents and 350,000 adults every year in the United States. In the past five school years, at least 15 students and 12 adults have died from probable sudden cardiac arrest in Georgia schools.
Fortunately, since December 2007, there have been 36 saves in Georgia--36 people (13 students and 23 adults) alive today because their school personnel were prepared and had practiced their medical emergency response.
Project S.A.V.E. (Sudden Cardiac Death: Awareness, Vision for Prevention and Education) was created to educate school systems and doctors about pediatric sudden cardiac death, making them aware of the incidence, possible early warning signs and the need for a timely response.
Robert Campbell, M.D., Chief of Cardiac Services, Children's Sibley Heart Center, is the Medical Director of Project S.A.V.E. This program is affiliated with the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin's Project ADAM®, whose mission is to serve children and adolescents through education and deployment of life-saving programs that help prevent sudden cardiac death.