In an effort to raise awareness to the importance of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA), HeartSine® and Project ADAM have joined forces to launch a SCA poster contest open to all U.S. elementary, middle, and high schools.
The contest is intended to raise awareness of SCA, a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. With an estimated 20 percent of the U.S. population spending time in school each week, schools are a vital location for SCA prevention programs. Programs that help schools implement cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) use are successful and lead to higher survival rates for SCA incidents occurring on school grounds.
HeartSine and Project ADAM will award 10 complete CPR/AED packages that include a HeartSine samaritan® PAD 350P AED with carrying case and Pad-Pak™, a wall case, and CPR and AED training for up to 12 people.
“School is the ideal place to build awareness of sudden cardiac arrest, which is the leading cause of death on school property,” says Rene’ Williams, HeartSine’s Director of Global Marketing. “By educating our young, soon we’ll have an entire generation of people prepared and willing to come to the aid of a SCA victims. Groups like Project ADAM are making great strides in educating the public about SCA and the need for CPR training and AEDs.”
In order to enter, students must create one poster from each school that talks about one or more of these SCA topics: symptoms of SCA, surviving SCA, and preparing for SCA. Posters will be judged on school teamwork, design originality, visual appeal, and SCA awareness message clarity. Each poster must be created entirely by the students attending the school, without any assistance.
Posters can be submitted from January 15 through March 13, 2015. Winners will be announced on April 7, 2015, and the winning posters will be uploaded to the Project ADAM Facebook page. For the complete rules, guidelines, and submission information, visit http://heartsine.com/project-adam-school-poster-contest/.