Despite our best efforts, we will never eliminate sudden cardiac arrest. So, we need to be prepared when it strikes. The good news is that there are three pretty easy things you can (must) do. Collectively, they are called the Chain of Survival.

If a student collapses and is not responding or is shaking (without a pulse or breathing), assume that she is in cardiac arrest. Don’t be fooled by the shaking. It is often a symptom of cardiac arrest.

(1) Call 911
(2) Get an automated external defibrillator (AED)
(3) Administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)

Your school should have a Cardiac Emergency Response Plan (CERP) to ensure that the everyone is prepared in the event of a cardiac emergency.

Even though cardiac arrest is deadly serious, we can have fun learning about it. See what we are doing with the Chain of Survival Relay.

For more information about the Chain of Survival, visit our Best Resources Page.