Project S.A.V.E. Program

Raising awareness of sudden cardiac arrest

On average, 1,000 people a day—including three children—experience sudden cardiac arrest. Project S.A.V.E. was started in 2004 with the mission of promoting and improving prevention of sudden cardiac arrest in children, adolescents and others in Georgia communities.

Cardiac arrest can often be prevented through:

  • A comprehensive history and physical exam for student athletes before participation in sports
  • Pediatric cardiac risk assessment for all children by primary care, emergency department and sports medicine providers
  • Awareness of early warning signs and symptoms of pediatric heart conditions by primary care physicians, school nurses, coaches, physical education teachers, parents and others who work with kids
  • Prompt referral for further evaluation when warning signs are present

Any community in Georgia can become a Project S.A.V.E HeartSafe Community by requesting a consultation from our staff and completing a checklist demonstrating successful implementation of our program.

Learn more about Project S.A.V.E.

Helpful Resources

  • HeartSafe implementation checklist: By becoming HeartSafe, you contribute to important statewide and national research on the prevention of sudden cardiac arrest death by sending a confidential incident report to Project S.A.V.E. staff whenever an AED is used. When your organization completes the Project S.A.V.E. implementation checklist will receive a framed certificate, sample press release to help promote your efforts, regular e-newsletters about AED funding and laws, research, recalls and training, and a prevention manual for staff training.
  • Emergency Action Plan for sports: Our Emergency Action Plan helps guide responses to conditions ranging from cardiac emergencies and spine injuries to the more common fractures, heat injuries, asthma and allergic reactions.
  • Sudden cardiac arrest awareness for administrators: Learn information about sudden cardiac arrest.
  • Sudden cardiac arrest awareness for staff: Learn how faculty and staff can recognize and prevent sudden cardiac arrest. 
  • Pediatric cardiac risk assessment form: Download and complete the pediatric cardiac risk assessment form before your next appointment.
  • Prevent sudden cardiac death: Learn how to protect your family from sudden cardiac death.