LANCASTER, Ohio (November 27, 2013) – Heritage Elementary has become the fourth school in Pickerington to receive the Heart Safe School Accreditation.
The accreditation, which is a collaborative effort between the Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes (SADS) Foundation, the Fairfield Medical Center Gordon B. Snider Cardiovascular Institute and the Snider Community Heart Watch at FMC, is granted to schools that meet specific criteria designed to ensure the safety of students and staff who may suffer sudden cardiac arrest. The criteria include:
- Pediatric sudden cardiac arrest risk assessments
- Care plans for students with a cardiac medical diagnosis
- Medical emergency response drills
- Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) available throughout the school
- CPR trained staff to student ratio of 1:50 or better
- CPR instruction provided to students as part of the curriculum
- Education on sudden cardiac arrest in youth provided annually
“After learning the statistics regarding cardiac arrest, we wanted to do what we could to make Heritage Elementary a more cardiac-safe environment,” said Jennifer Russell, principal of Heritage Elementary. “We were pleased to have all fourth graders and staff members trained in hands-only CPR last spring and we look forward to doing so again this year.”
In addition to Heritage Elementary, the other three Pickerington schools to receive the Heart Safe School Accreditation are Pickerington Elementary, Violet Elementary and Harmon Middle School. Pickerington Superintendent Rob Walker has said his goal is for all the schools in his district to eventually be accredited.
To learn more about the Heart Safe School Accreditation, call (740) 689-6893.
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