Deadline March 15, 2021

The Louis J. Acompora Memorial Foundation is collaborating with Parent Heart Watch on Get Charged Up New York!  a program that models the importance of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and Cardiac Emergency Response Plans (CERP) in schools.

New York State school nurses are invited to apply.

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is the #1 killer of student athletes and the leading cause of death on school campuses, though most schools are under-prepared to respond to a cardiac emergency.

Parent Heart Watch is the only national organization solely dedicated to protecting youth from sudden cardiac arrest and preventable sudden cardiac death. Its vision is eliminate preventable deaths and disabilities from SCA in youth by 2030.

As part of an American Heart Association task force, Parent Heart Watch joined administrators, educators, school nurses and other health and safety organizations to develop a CERP template that empowers schools to make their campus heart safe. 

Superintendents, teachers, coaches, school nurses, parents and local EMS can all participate in this program.

To register and for the possibility of winning an AED from the Get Charged Up! New York! program you'll need to commit to the following and complete a short survey:

1) Obtain approval from school administration to participate in the program.

2) Proper installation and registration of AED.

3) Understand that AED maintenance must be included in your school's or school district's budget for replacement of batteries & pads to ensure readiness when needed.

4) Participation in a one-hour webinar orientation on Cardiac Emergency Response Plan (CERP) provided by the Louis J. Acompora Memorial Foundation and Parent Heart Watch.

5) Implementation of the CERP with a step-by-step toolkit that establishes a simple system that prepares school personnel to be first responders in the event of a cardiac emergency.

6) Understanding that part of the CERP requires that your designated Cardiac Emergency Response Team get CPR/AED certification training, which typically has an associated cost though could also be provided free of charge by your local EMS and/or Fire Rescue Department (CER Team members can also have been certified independently).

7) Dissemination of sudden cardiac awareness prevention information to your school community.

8) Provide final reports to the Louis J. Acompora Memorial Foundation on program status, and note that pictures shared could be posted on social media and used in digital communications to spread awareness of the program.

Thank you very much for your interest in championing sudden cardiac arrest prevention on your campus!  We will notify you about next steps once all applications are reviewed.

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* 1. What organization are you applying through?

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* 2. Full Name of Person Completing this Registration (this would be the contact person for the program)

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* 4. School Name

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* 5. School Address (street, city, state, zip)

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* 6. Your Phone Number

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* 7. Your Email

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* 8. Name of School Administrator (who has confirmed your participation in this program)

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* 9. School Administrator Email

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* 11. Please indicate your type of school by checking all that apply.

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* 12. What is your student + faculty population?

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* 17. How many of your school's onsite personnel are currently CPR/AED trained?

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* 18. Does your school have any sort of cardiac emergency response plan already in place, or is cardiac emergency incorporated into your school's existing emergency action plan (EAP)?

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* 19. In the history of your school, has there ever been a sudden cardiac arrest event in your student community (either on or off campus)?

Parent Heart Watch is a non-profit organization and makes every effort to obtain a limited number of AEDs. 
Completing this registration and survey does not guarantee an AED will be awarded to your school.