Congratulations to Our Newest Heart Safe Schools!
The Heart Safe School Accreditation Program has certified seven schools!!! This program was developed in Ohio in 2012 by the Snider Community Heart Watch at Fairfield Medical Center in Lancaster, Ohio. It began with an idea from one person! It is exciting that so many schools are recognizing the importance of being prepared for a cardiac arrest.
The certified schools:
Thomas Ewing Jr. High in Lancaster, Ohio
West Elementary in Lancaster, Ohio
Heritage Elementary in Pinkerington, Ohio
Violet Elementary in Pinkerington, Ohio
Pinkerington Elementary in Pinkerington, Ohio
Harmon Middle School in Pinkerington, Ohio
St. Vincent de Paul in Mount Vernon, Ohio
Schools have to meet seven specific criteria designed to ensure the safety of students and staff who may suffer sudden cardiac arrest. The criteria include having students take a cardiac risk assessment home for their parents to review with them; students at cardiac medical diagnosis are asked to have a Care Plan on file with the school; school must have medical emergency response
drills; Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) must be available throughout the school; CPR trained staff to student ratio of 1:50 or better; CPR instruction provided to students as part of the curriculum; and Education on sudden cardiac arrest in youth provided annually.
A Heart Safe Schools Accreditation Toolkit
will soon be available through SADS, so keep your eyes open so you can take this program to a school in your area!!!!