Georgia schools interested in implementing a program to prevent sudden cardiac death can receive onsite or phone consultation and written materials to assist with the process. This includes:
- Information about preparticipation sports physicals, awareness and CPR training
- Funding options
- Selection of an automated external defibrillator (AED)
- Policy/procedure guidelines
- Practice drill plans
Georgia schools can also apply for training grants to assist with the training portion of program implementation.
Becoming a Heart-safe School
Schools in Georgia that complete the implementation checklist, indicating a quality AED program, will receive framed certificates of recognition as a Project S.A.V.E. heart-safe school. A sample public service announcement is available to help schools notify local media and increase public awareness of the school's efforts.
These schools will receive regular updates, in the form of e-newsletters, about AED funding and laws, research, recalls and training. Schools will also receive a prevention manual and a DVD for staff training. All consultation and recognition is free, due to the generous support of the Children's Miracle Network and Sibley Heart Center Cardiology.
Heart-safe schools contribute to important statewide and national research on prevention of sudden cardiac death by sending a confidential incident report to Project S.A.V.E. staff whenever an AED is used. Project S.A.V.E also will replace or reimburse the replacement of electrode pads for the AED after use in an emergency.