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Cardiac Emergency Response Plan

Is Your School Heart Safe?


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.

This toolkit can be easily adapted for a sport facility, after-school club, camp and other places youth congregate.

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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 incorporated into your school safety plan.

Check Your Toolkit For:

  • Sample plans you personalize to your school
  • Annual evaluation forms

Install & Maintain AEDs Properly

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

Check Your Toolkit For:

  • Guidelines for installation
  • Tips for site selection and maintenance

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 to be prepared to save a life.

Check Your Toolkit For:

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

Watch what a Cardiac Emergency Response Plan in action looks like!

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