Sarah Thieroff, Project ADAM Texas Coordinator for Cook Children’s Heart Center, was on hand at the December school board meeting to announce that Weatherford ISD has been named a Project ADAM Texas Heart Safe School District.
Out of 1,247 school district in Texas, Weatherford ISD is one of only 15 school districts and 434 schools in Texas to achieve this designation.
Project ADAM began in 1999 after the death of Adam Lemel, a 17-year-old Whitefish Bay, WI, high school student who collapsed and died while playing basketball. Adam suffered a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA), in which ventricular fibrillation occurred, a condition in which the ventricles cannot pump blood into the body. Defibrillation, or an AED, could have saved his life.
The Project ADAM Heart Safe School designation is attained when schools implement a quality sudden cardiac arrest program of awareness, training and effective emergency response to promote a Heart Safe environment for students, visitors and staff as outlined within the Heart Safe School Checklist.
In collaboration with our campus nurses, each WISD campus has a designated a Cardiac Emergency Response team. This team has been trained in CPR and AED use and an implementation plan in the event of a Sudden Cardiac Arrest.
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