Liv­ingston El­e­men­tary named Heart Safe School

The Covington News - - FROM FRONT PAGE - KAYLA ROBINS krobins@cov­

Liv­ingston El­e­men­tary School is of­fi­cially good for the heart.

The New­ton County school earned a “Heart Safe School” des­ig­na­tion, an im­ple­men­ta­tion fa­cil­i­tated by the school’s prin­ci­pal, Shari Thomas, and nurse Martha Arnold.

The school-wide pro­gram be­gan as a way to po­ten­tially help save the life of a stu­dent, if needed.

Project SAVE (Sud­den Car­diac Death: Aware­ness, Vi­sion for Preven­tion and Ed­u­ca­tion) was cre­ated to ed­u­cate school sys­tems on sud­den car­diac death, mak­ing per­son­nel aware of in­ci­dences and the need for a timely re­sponse to help save a life.

Heart func­tion fail­ure af­fects 600 to 1,000 chil­dren and ado­les­cents and 350,000 adults ev­ery year in the United States. In the past five school years, at least 15 stu­dents and 12 adults have died from prob­a­ble sud­den car­diac ar­rest in Ge­or­gia schools.

Since De­cem­ber 2007, there have been 36 saves in the state. Thir­teen stu­dents and 23 adults are alive to­day be­cause their school per­son­nel were pre­pared and had prac­ticed their med­i­cal emer­gency re­sponse.

“It is our goal to have ev­ery school in our district cer­ti­fied as a HeartSafe School,” said RaNae Fend­ley, di­rec­tor of stu­dent ser­vices for the New­ton County School Sys­tem (NCSS). “Con­grat­u­la­tions to Liv­ingston El­e­men­tary School for earn­ing this very im­por­tant cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.”

Schools that com­plete the check­list for Project SAVE in­di­cate their school has a qual­ity au­to­mated ex­ter­nal de­fib­ril­la­tor (AED) im­ple­men­ta­tion pro­gram in place to pre­vent sud­den car­diac death. These schools are rec­og­nized by Chil­dren’s Health­care of At­lanta as Heart-Safe Schools.

Heart-Safe Schools par­tic­i­pate in statewide and na­tional re­search about car­diac death preven­tion by com­plet­ing a con­fi­den­tial in­ci­dent re­port, ac­cord­ing to an NCSS press re­lease. The re­port is sent to Project SAVE staff when­ever an AED is used in an emer­gency. Project SAVE then re­places the AED or re­im­burses the school for the AED elec­trode pads.

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