The Project ADAM Sacramento program helps schools and communities prepare for sudden cardiac arrest emergencies.
Project ADAM is a national, non-profit organization committed to saving lives through advocacy, education, preparedness and collaboration to prevent sudden cardiac death.
As a local affiliate, UC Davis Children’s Hospital carries that mission to Sacramento and the surrounding communities. Our Project ADAM Sacramento team focuses on prevention training and education for local schools and the community, helping them become Heart Safe Schools and supporting their efforts to be equipped and trained to respond to a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).
Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death for student athletes, and the cause of more than 320,000 total sudden cardiac deaths in the United States every year. Since 20 percent of a community is in a school on any given day, a focus on cardiac emergency response preparedness in schools is critical. Every minute without cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation decreases a person’s chances of survival by 7 to 10 percent.
It is not enough to simply have an automated external defibrillator (AED) in the building — having a documented plan, a designated and prepared response team, and a regularly practiced emergency response drill are critical to saving lives. Every second counts.
Project ADAM Sacramento is committed to helping schools implement and sustain a CPR and AED program so they can handle cardiac emergencies and save lives. We work with schools by providing education and support in the following areas:
Several schools in Sacramento and the surrounding regions have participated in Project ADAM’s Heart Safe Schools program.
Project ADAM Sacramento was established at UC Davis Children’s Hospital in 2015 and was the first California affiliate of Project ADAM. Our program team includes:
Rebecca McCormac, Project ADAM coordinator
Heather Siefkes, M.D., M.S.C.I., Project ADAM medical director
c/o UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center
2315 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817