It is important for all schools to be as prepared as possible to help save the life of someone in sudden cardiac arrest! AEDS should be placed within 3 minutes of all locations in a school. But just having AEDS in place is NOT enough. Having a comprehensive, detailed emergency action plan (EAP) is the first line of defense when sudden cardiac arrest strikes.
What is an emergency action plan?
An emergency action plan is a written document that is reviewed and practiced by all members of the school faculty and relayed to the local EMS system. According to the Korey Stringer Institute, “The plan provides information to ensure response to an emergency is rapid, appropriate, controlled and precise.” It is reviewed and practiced yearly to ensure it is ready to be used in an emergency situation.
What are the benefits of an emergency action plan?
The emergency action plan is a well-documented set of procedures that can help lead to the prevention of sudden cardiac death. It defines how to to communicate with both school faculty as well as medical personnel on how to respond to a cardiac emergency. It also notes where all AEDS are located so that they can be easily accessed quickly when needed.
Seven Critical Elements to Include in Your Emergency Action Plan
Development of Cardiac Emergency Response Team
The activation of the Cardiac Emergency Response Team
Remember, having AED is an important step, but it is NOT enough. Combining the AED with an efficient emergency action plan can give someone the best possible chances of survival from sudden cardiac arrest.
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