Project S.A.V.E.

A Lifesaving Program for Schools

Project SAVE abbreviationProject S.A.V.E. was created to educate school systems and doctors about pediatric sudden cardiac arrest.

We hope to raise awareness about the frequency of sudden cardiac arrest, possible early warning signs and the need for a timely response.

Facts

  • Project SAVEPediatric sudden cardiac death happens without warning. 
  • The sudden loss of heart function affects 600 to 1,000 children and adolescents, in addition to 350,000 adults, every year in the United States. 
  • During the past five school years, at least 15 students and 12 adults have died from probable sudden cardiac arrest in Georgia schools.
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Contact Us

Contact Richard Lamphier, R.N., Clinical Program Manager of Project S.A.V.E., at 404-785-7201 for more information.

     
 
OurResults

    Fortunately, since December 2007, there have been 52 lives saved in Georgia—52 people (25 students and 27 adults) who are alive today because their school personnel were prepared and had practiced their medical emergency response. 

 
     

  • Early Warning Signs of Possible Heart Disease

      - Fainting or having a seizure suddenly and without warning, especially during exercise or in response to loud sounds such as doorbells, alarm clocks or ringing phones

      - Unusual chest pain or shortness of breath during exercise

      - Being related to anyone who had sudden, unexplained and unexpected death before the age of 50

      - Being related to anyone who has been diagnosed with a condition that can cause sudden cardiac death, such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), long QT syndrome or Brugada syndrome

      If your child has any of these warning signs, he should be evaluated further by his primary care physician with appropriate referral as indicated.
  • Become a HeartSafe Organization

      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 pre-participation 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.

      Become a HeartSafe School

      HeartSafe 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.

      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. HeartSafe school

      - A sample public service announcement to help schools notify local media and increase public awareness of the school's efforts

      - Regular e-newsletters about AED funding and laws, research, recalls and training

      - A prevention manual and DVD for staff training

      All consultation and recognition is free, thanks to the generous support of the Children's Miracle Network and Sibley Heart Center Cardiology.

  • Healthcare Providers: Access Webcasts

      Join Robert Campbell, M.D., Chief of Cardiac Services at Children's, for a two-part webcast series on preventing pediatric sudden cardiac death. 

      The webcasts are available for CME and GNA credit.

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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.