FLINT TWP. — Carman- Ainsworth Schools was recognized by MI HEARTSafe for being prepared to respond to cardiac emergencies, according to a press release.
The designation is awarded by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), Michigan Department of Education, American Heart Association, Michigan Athletic Association (MHSAA) and Michigan Alliance for Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death of the Young.
All 9 of C-A school buildings (listed below) met the criteria to earn the MI HEARTSafe School designation. Genesee County has 27 of 122 total school buildings in the state that received this state recognition award.
C-A is one of very few that has trained staff in all district buildings who are ready to respond to cardiac and other medical emergencies.
Awarded buildings are Atlantis Alternative High School, Carman- Ainsworth High School, Carman- Ainsworth Middle School, Carman Park- Baker Academy, Dillon Elementary, Dye Elementary, Randels Elementary, Rankin Elementary and The Learning Community-Early Childhood Center.
Public Act 12 of 2014 requires all schools (grades kindergarten to 12) to have a cardiac emergency response plan in place. C-A currently has an existing cardiac emergency response plan and has taken additional steps to be prepared for a cardiac emergency.
In order for a school to receive a MI HEARTSafe designation, it must perform at least one cardiac emergency response drill per year; have a written medical emergency response plan and team; have accessible, properly maintained and inspected automated external defibrillators (AED) with signs identifying their location; have current CPR/AED certification of at least 10 percent of staff; and ensure pre-participation sports screening of all student athletes using the current physical and history form endorsed by the MHSAA.
Now it its second year, the MI HEARTSafe Schools designation is Michigan’s commitment to reducing the number of sudden cardiac death in our youth. In the program’s first year, 40 schools received the HEARTSafe designation.
“Sudden cardiac death claims the lives of more than 300 Michigan children and young adults between the ages of one and 39 years of age each year,” said Dr. Eden Wells, chief medical executive of MDHHS.
“Implementation of CPR and an automated external defibrillator (AED) within 3-5 minutes is crucial for increasing the chance of survival. Cardiac arrest is often unexpected and frightening, and I’m pleased to see so many of our schools taking preventative measures to address this health issue.”
For more information about the MI HEARTSafe Schools program, visit migrc.org/Library/HeartSafe.html — Rhonda Sanders