West is a Heart Safe School
Posted on 04/06/2018
West High School is pleased to inform you that we have joined a community effort to implement a sustainable and comprehensive Medical Emergency Response Plan and Emergency Response Team. This decision is the result of our wish to make our schools safe for our students, visitors and employees. 

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) occurs when the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating, cutting off blood flow to the brain and other vital organs. SCA is fatal if not treated immediately. Having access to an AED as well as having a written plan and a team of CPR/AED-trained staff ready to act in an emergency can save the life of someone suffering a SCA during those critical first few minutes. 

Through our cooperative efforts with Project ADAM and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, we have joined hundreds of schools throughout the state of Wisconsin and beyond in preparing our school for a life-threatening emergency. This program enables us to offer any person who may experience a Sudden Cardiac Arrest, the best chance for survival. 

West High school currently has  3 AED(s)  in the building.  AEDs are stored in wall cabinets. When the cabinet doors are opened, a loud alarm will sound. This alerts everyone that there is a potential emergency.  Our school has a maintenance plan in place for the unit.

Staff has been trained to assist with an emergency during regular school hours. West High School will run 2 practice ‘E-team’ drills per school year within the building during school hours. After school hours, this is a Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) program.  If you suspect someone is experiencing a Sudden Cardiac Arrest, please feel free to use the equipment at our school.  Good Samaritan laws protect the layperson in a life-saving attempt, although we recommend becoming trained in CPR/AED use as an investment in your health and the health of others.  Our local Emergency Medical Services are aware of our policies and procedures for the program and we have been provided medical oversight by Dr. Natalie Gehringer, AASD Medical Director.

How can parents help? We encourage all parents to learn CPR through one of these options: 
1. Take 60 seconds to watch the free Hands-Only CPR video at www.heart.org/handsonlycpr
2. Locate and attend a classroom-based CPR and AED course to become certified. Visit www.heart.org/cpr and click the red “Find a Course” button. 
Many thanks for your participation in this important Heart Safe initiative in our school. To see our school on the Project ADAM map, visit www.projectadamwi.com.

If you have any questions about the new medical emergency response plan, please contact your school nurse.
Cathy Wittmann, BSN, RN

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