TABLE 2

American Heart Association Medical Emergency-Response Plan for Schools2,23,24: 5 Core Elements of the American Heart Association Plan

Effective and efficient communication throughout the school campus
Coordinated and practiced response plan
Risk reduction
Training and equipment for first aid and CPR
Implementation of a lay-rescuer AED program in school with an established need; the program will have 5 elements:
    Medical/health care professional oversight
    Training of anticipated rescuers in CPR and use of an AED
    Coordination with the EMS system
    Appropriate device maintenance
    Ongoing quality improvement program