October is National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month. Project ADAM (Automated Defibrillators in Adam’s Memory) announced this month that 62 lives have been saved since the program was founded in 1999.
Project ADAM is a Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin program that helps schools throughout the nation prepare for and respond to cardiac emergencies. The program was created in honor of Adam Lemel, a 17-year-old Whitefish Bay, Wis., high school student who collapsed and died while playing basketball. Project ADAM has chapters in Alabama, Illinois, Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington.
Project ADAM saves another life
It is gratifying to hear another life was saved as a result of our efforts with Project ADAM. This latest success is a teachable moment to get more automated external defibrillators (AED) in public places.
The latest save was a 14-year-old boy from Knoxville, Tenn., who collapsed during basketball practice. The boy’s school is part of Project ADAM Tennessee, which helped the school implement a public access defibrillation program, secure an AED and educate school leadership on how to use the equipment. He was saved because his coach recognized his symptoms and followed the recommendations of Project ADAM.
To learn more about Project ADAM or to download free templates, plans, videos or other resources, visit ProjectADAM.com.
~ Stuart Berger, MD; medical director of Herma Heart Center at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin; professor and chief of Pediatric Cardiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin; and medical director of Project ADAM
Herma Heart Center at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is one of the nation’s top programs for medical and surgical treatment of congenital heart defects and heart disease in children.