• Project ADAM Sacramento

Project ADAM is committed to making automated external defibrillators (AEDs) universally available to all children and adolescents, as well as working toward eradicating sudden cardiac death in children through research, education and prevention initiatives.

Established at UC Davis Children's Hospital in 2015, Project ADAM Sacramento is the first California affiliate of Project ADAM.

Project ADAM started in 1999 as a program for the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. The program has since expanded to 10 states in its 15 years of operation and has saved the lives of more than 85 children and adolescents, as well as adults.

For more information about Project ADAM, contact Amber Lindgren, coordinator for Project ADAM Sacramento, at 916-734-2460 or amlindgren@ucdavis.edu.

Project ADAM (Automated Defibrillators in Adam's Memory) began in 1999 following a series of sudden deaths among high school athletes in southeastern Wisconsin. The cause of death appeared to be Ventricular Fibrillation: heart arrest brought on by abnormal, sustained electrical stimulation of the heart muscle. The family and friends of one of these athletes, 17 year-old Adam Lemel of Whitefish Bay High School, joined together with the Children's Hospital and Health System of Wisconsin to start Project ADAM in his memory. Project ADAM's mission is to help schools nationwide start and sustain a Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) program.

An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a portable electronic device which, when properly applied, automatically diagnoses potentially life-threatening heart rhythms, The AED decides whether or not a shock is needed, then delivers a shock to restore normal heart rhythm.

AEDs are used to treat Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). When SCA occurs, the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating, cutting off blood flow to the brain and other vital organs. SCA is fatal if not treated immediately. Having access to an AED can save the life of somebody having a SCA during those critical first few minutes.

Schools are the setting for many community activities, including sporting events, which pose a great risk for a sudden cardiac arrest event. While the primary goal of school CPR and AED programs is to decrease the number of sudden cardiac deaths among youths, these programs have also been instrumental in saving adult lives.

Cardiac emergency response program implementation can easily be incorporated into a school's Multi-Hazard Emergency Preparedness Plan. Having CPR and AED programs in schools provides further opportunity to educate staff, students and families about sudden cardiac arrest and appropriate life saving response.

Project ADAM's Heart Safe Schools program focuses on the core elements of SCA awareness: cardiac emergency response plans and cardiac emergency response drills.  We work with schools to get the training and resources for a CPR/AED program in place to ensure that they can handle cardiac emergencies and save lives. Project ADAM Sacramento can help your school become a Heart Safe School. Learn more »

Implementing a CPR and AED program has a positive effect on a community's health and wellbeing. Besides facilitating greater community awareness of AED use, it also fosters a holistic approach to community health education about preventive measures for future emergency situations. Initiating a PAD program requires significant amount of resources and community cohesiveness, including participation/support from school administration, staff and students, as well as parents, medical professionals, emergency services and community organizations. Project ADAM Sacramento aims to assist schools and communities with this process.