Project ADAM: Implementing a Heart Safe School Program

November 9, 2023

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occurs more often than one might think, with survival rates around 10%. Sudden cardiac arrest is sudden and can affect the young, old and everyone in between. With this condition, time to intervention is the most important factor and when the response is rapid, the greater the chance for survival. It has been published that on any given day, about 20% of a community is on school grounds. A focused effort on cardiac arrest preparedness in schools is critical to protecting our children and others in the community. This course will attempt to start the process of the school preparedness for this dangerous condition.

The link to the course recording is below:

Target Audience

The target audience for this course is School health nurses and aides, school administration, school safety and security personnel & athletic trainers/coaches.

Learning Objectives

School personnel will be able to:

1| Identify the key differences between a cardiac arrest and a heart attack.
2| List some of the diagnoses that put individuals at an increased risk of suffering a cardiac arrest.
3| Recruit a group of individual within each school to be a part of their Emergency Team. This team will respond in the event of a cardiac emergency.
4| Identify the key components of a Cardiac Emergency Response Plan (CERP).
5| Apply knowledge and practice their CERP by running a cardiac arrest drill annually.

Additional Information

Course Contact: 
For any questions or concerns, please contact Ms. Courtney White @
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.50 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
11/09/2023 - 10:00am MST
Event ends: 
11/09/2023 - 12:00pm MST

10:00 – 10:15 am


Sudden Cardiac Arrest

  • Signs and symptoms
  • Chain of survival

10:15 – 10:30 am

Project ADAM Background

  • Adam’s Story
  • Resources available from Project ADAM

10:30  - 11:15 am

Heart Safe Schools

  • Benefits of Heart Safe School Designation
  • Complete Heart Safe School Checklist
  • Discussion of the 5 components of the Heart Safe School designation and how to achieve it

11:15 – 11:30 am

Workshop Wrap-up and Next Steps

  • Review Program Resources
  • Evaluations
  • Adjourn
Children's Hospital Colorado
Aurora, CO
United States

Christopher Rausch, MD
Medical Director, Pediatric Cardiology Network of Care and Outreach

Courtney White, MS
Electrophysiology Coordinator and Project ADAM Colorado Coordinator

Available Credit

  • 1.50 Attendance


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