Every Minute Counts.
Project ADAM® began in 1999 after the death of Adam Lemel, a 17-year-old Whitefish Bay, WI, high school student who collapsed and died from a Sudden Cardiac Arrest while playing basketball. Defibrillation with an AED might have saved his life. AdventHealth for Children, formerly Florida Hospital for Children, has affiliated with Project ADAM® in order to bring this sudden cardiac arrest prevention program to our state. Project ADAM® Florida has the same goals: to prepare schools to handle sudden cardiac arrest event by helping them start an active public access defibrillation program.
A delay of only 10 minutes from the onset of ventricular fibrillation results in virtually no chance of survival. CPR alone will not treat ventricular fibrillation. AEDs make it possible to provide lifesaving defibrillation rapidly and effectively.
Helping Save Lives
- Mission and Vision
Project ADAM® is a not-for-profit program whose mission is to serve children and adolescents through education and deployment of life-saving program that help prevent sudden cardiac arrest. Schools and other areas where large groups of children and adolescents gather are the targeted geography.
Project ADAM® provides a pediatric cardiac advisory committee to implement a unique program for sharing the most current data and information on sudden cardiac arrest incidents. This ultimately will lead to medical research that will prevent sudden cardiac arrest.
Project ADAM® is committed to making automated external defibrillators universally available to all children and adolescents.
- Program Benefits
Project ADAM® Florida provides qualifying schools and organizations:
- Assistance with training, acquiring AED devices and working with local emergency medical service to secure medical directors.
- Consultation with professionals who have implemented PAD programs.
- A comprehensive program manual and CD, providing you with a step-by-step description of activities necessary to develop a public access defibrillation (PAD) program. The manual includes an outline for fundraising, program development, forms, worksheets, and continuing education practice scenarios. The CD help you present program information to interested parties and to help identify students who may be at risk.
- Support to make the program self-sustaining.
- The distinction of being part of a national research project.
- Project ADAM® Program Requirements
Your commitment to Project ADAM® Florida is important. By participating, Project ADAM® Florida requires qualifying schools and organizations to:
- Implement a program based on the Project ADAM® Florida model.
- Reference Project ADAM® Florida when talking or writing about the AED program.
- Report the progress of the program to the Project ADAM® Florida Coordinator.
- Inform the Project ADAM® Florida Coordinator of any events in which the AED was used.
Project ADAM® Florida is committed to helping schools implement and sustain an active public access defibrillation program, from conceptualization and planning for your school, to assistance with acquiring training in CPR and automated external defibrillator (AED) use.
For more information, call 407-925-4660