Mississinawa Valley

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February Is American Heart Month

During heart month, I would like to inform families about some steps we are taking here at MV to promote heart health and safety among our students and staff. It is a priority at MV to offer our students a safe place for learning. In addition, we want to make certain that staff members know what to do in the event of a medical emergency, and the necessary equipment is available. MV now has 6 AEDs on campus to treat a sudden cardiac arrest. Emergency “To Go” bags containing some basic emergency supplies have been placed in every classroom.

To further our efforts, MV has organized what we call our Rapid Response Team. This team consists of 14 dedicated staff members that have volunteered to perform specific duties in the event of a medical emergency. If a medical emergency should occur here at MV, the Rapid Response Team will be notified over the intercom system that there is a medical emergency, and they will be given details of where they are to report. The team held their first sudden cardiac arrest drill this past month, and I have to say that I was very impressed with the speed and the skill these team members exhibited during the drill. We will be conducting a minimum of 3 medical emergency drills each school year.  During an actual medical emergency, a medical lockdown may be announced over the intercom system. During a medical lockdown, students will simply be contained to their classroom for the privacy of the victim and the emotional wellbeing of others. In addition to training the staff, both 4th grade and 9th grade students will be offered instruction on Hands-Only CPR each year.

Do you know what sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is?

Do you know what to do when someone suddenly collapses?

SCA is NOT a heart attack – it is worse! A heart attack occurs when the blood supply to the heart muscle is blocked, but the heart keeps beating. SCA occurs when the heart’s electrical system goes crazy and stops the blood flow from the heart. The heart is no longer beating and is no longer pumping blood out to the rest of the body. An automated external defribrillator (AED) is a portable device used during a SCA to deliver an electric shock through the chest wall to the heart. An AED can be very effective at shocking the heart back to its normal beat.  

 Facts about SCA:

  • SCA strikes suddenly and can happen to anyone, anywhere, and at anytime.
  • SCA strikes about 360,000 people in the US every year.
  • 80% of all SCAs happen at home.
  • 60% of all SCAs are witnessed.
  • Death from SCA occurs in a matter of minutes.
  • For each minute a person’s heart is stopped, the likelihood of surviving decreases by 10%.
  • After as few as 10 minutes, survival is unlikely.
  • Less than 10% survive.

Facts about CPR & the AED:

  • Even with the best EMS system, calling 911 is not enough.
  • CPR can double or even triple a person’s chance of survival.
  • SCA can be reversed if CPR is performed and an AED is used within those first few critical minutes.
  • Hands-Only CPR (chest compressions only) has been proven as effective as CPR with breaths in treating adult SCA victims.
  • The American Heart Association has recommended Hands-Only CPR for adults since 2008. 

So what do you do if someone suddenly collapses and is not breathing?

CALL 9-1-1, then PUSH HARD and FAST

in the center of the chest until help arrives!

Jamie Wisner, RN          Mississinawa Valley School Nurse        937-968-4111 Ext. 2015 

Resource:   SADS Foundation  www.StopSADS.org/HSSA   email: HSSA@sads.org   phone: 1-801-272-3023