Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is the sudden onset of an abnormal and lethal heart rhythm. SCA is the leading cause of death in the U.S. afflicting over 300,000 individuals per year.
SCA is also the leading cause of sudden death in exercising young athletes. SCA can be effectively treated through prompt recognition, early provision of CPR, and early access to a defibrillator (AED). AEDs are portable devices that read and analyze the heart rhythm and provide an electric shock to restore the heart to a normal rhythm if necessary.
The Heart of Edmonds School District & Community Heart Safe Project was established to equip all Edmonds Public Schools and Community Fields with Automatic External Defibrillators, and assist in personnel training and equipment maintenance. The use of an AED increases the survival rate by 10 times for any person, of any age, who suffers a Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Thank you to all you helpd raise funds to complete our project!
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The Heart of Edmonds Schools Project is the collective work of volunteers, medical professionals and other community leaders dedicated to making our schools and community safer from sudden cardiac arrest through education, emergency response planning, CPR training and placement of AEDs into every public school and community field in the Edmond School District.
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Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is the sudden onset of an abnormal and lethal heart rhythm. SCA is the leading cause of death in the U.S., afflicting over 300,000 individuals per year. SCA is also the leading cause of sudden death in exercising young athletes. Schools are responsible for a dense population of children and adults, and are frequently the site of sporting events and other community gatherings. Studies suggest that up to 1 in 25 schools will have a cardiac medical emergency on school grounds each year. Approximately two-thirds of SCA cases on campus are in older non-students such as teachers, staff, spectators, and other visitors, and about one-third are in students. The strongest predictor of survival after SCA is a short time interval from arrest to defibrillation (shock). However, even the best EMS systems can have delays, and the average time from 9-1-1 call to arrival on scene at an SCA victim is 6-8 minutes. In the U.S., the average survival rate for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is <5%. Research has shown that having on-site AEDs available to treat a SCA increases the survival rate more than 10 times (to greater than 60%).
AEDs are portable devices that read and analyze the heart rhythm and provide an electric shock to restore the heart to a normal rhythm if necessary. Access to AEDs in public locations, such as casinos, airports, and schools increases the survival rate from SCA to 50-70%. Recent research also suggests that survival in victims of SCA occurring in a school equipped with an on-site AED program is over 60%. Having an AED and emergency response plan at a school increases the likelihood of survival for victims of cardiac arrest approximately 10-fold. Many people wonder if AEDs are safe to use. While it is crucial to train school personnel regarding placement and effective use of the equipment, AEDs come with simple instructions including voice and visual prompts. The AED will not provide a shock to the heart unless an abnormal heart rhythm is detected.
Through private funding and community resources, the Heart of Edmonds Schools Project will assist the Edmonds School District implement an AED program in every school, raise awareness regarding SCA, and produce a safer community. Specifically, our goals are to:
- Equip all Edmonds public schools with at least one AED
- Assist each school in the development of a comprehensive emergency response plan for SCA including CPR/AED training of anticipated responders, establishing a communication system in case of an emergency, practice and review of the plan, and registering all AEDs with the local EMS system
- Ensure all students receive training in CPR prior to graduation from high school
Please join us in this important initiative!
Heart of Edmonds Schools, Board of Directors Jonathan Drezner, MD (Chair) – UW Department of Family Medicine Rosemary Agostini, MD – Group Health Cooperative Steve Anderson, MD – Auburn Regional Medical Center Monique Burton, MD – Seattle Children’s Hospital Aaron Karls, EMT-P – Seattle Fire Fighters Union Pegi McEvoy, MN, ARNP – Seattle Public Schools Darla Varrenti – Nick of Time Foundation