Cardiac Emergency Response Plan

How To Implement a Cardiac Emergency Response Plan


Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is the leading cause of death on school campuses, and the #1 killer of student athletes. That's why it's critical for your school to have a written and well-practiced Cardiac Emergency Response Plan (CERP). Created by a nation task force of health and safety organizations, a CERP is a vital step towards sudden cardiac death prevention.

CardiacEmergencyREsponsePlan 1 - Cardiac Emergency Response Plan

Form Cardiac Emergency Response Team

CPR trained and response ready, the team helps implement the plan and conduct drills.

Check Your Toolkit For:

  • Tips to identify team members
  • Recommended guidelines for staff training

Implement Emergency Response Protocol

A written plan documents your exact emergency action and should be incororated into your EAP, School Improvement Plan or Safe School Environment.

Check Your Toolkit For:

  • Sample plans you personalize to your school
  • Forms to annually evaluate your plan

Install & Maintain AEDs Properly

Automated External Defibrillators must be properly installed - and never locked away - always accessible.

Check Your Toolkit For:

  • Tips to identify team members
  • Recommended guidelines for staff training

Conduct Life-Saving Drills

It's critical to test your team's readiness and your plans effectiveness through practice. Involve your local EMS.

Check Your Toolkit For:

  • Cardiac emergency drill templates (like fire drills)
  • Drill evaluation forms

Share Plan With School Community

Educate parents, staff, coaches and facility users about how they can be prepared to save a life.

Check Your Toolkit For:

  • Letters and flyers to circulate to your school community
  • Resources to raise awareness about SCA in youth

2015 CERP Task Force

  • American Heart Association
  • American Association of School Administrators
  • C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, University of Michigan Health System
  • Kimberly Anne Gillary Foundation
  • Michigan Department of Health & Human Services
  • National Athletic Trainer’s Association
  • National Association of School Nurses
  • Parent Heart Watch
  • Project ADAM
  • Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America)
  • Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation
  • University of California Davis/American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Sarver Heart Center/American College of Cardiology