University School of Milwaukee has been re-designated as a Project ADAM Heart Safe School for an additional three years. USM was first designated in 2018, and was the first school in the North Shore area to achieve the designation. The initiative seeks to prevent sudden cardiac death by ensuring AEDs are available and accessible; establishing a written plan and team of CPR/AED-trained staff ready to act in an emergency; and conducting emergency response practice drills.
In order to maintain the designation, USM must conduct a series of activities annually, including:
- Conduct at least one Cardiac Emergency Response (AED) drill
- Maintain school AED(s) according to the manufacturer instructions/recommendations and document your AED checks
- School emergency response team’s CPR/AED training will be kept up annually or every two years
- Conduct annual all staff awareness training on sudden cardiac arrest and the school’s emergency response plan
Initial efforts to get USM designated as a Project ADAM Heart Safe School were led by Zadan Mason ’22 in 2018 as part of his 8th grade Tower Project.
“I’m really proud of USM, and our emergency response team especially, because they are dedicated to the drills and to keeping USM safe,” said Head School Nurse Kathleen Roebber. “And we’ve gotten so much support from the school’s administration to promote this program.”