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After-Hours Emergency Response Plan

Cardiac Emergency Response Plan

A cardiac emergency requires immediate action. Cardiac emergencies may arise as a result of a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) or a heart attack but can have other causes.  SCA occurs when the electrical impulses of the heart malfunction, resulting in sudden death. 

Signs of Sudden Cardiac Arrest can include one or more of the following:  

Note: Those who collapse shortly after being struck in the chest by a firm projectile or direct hit may have Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

The Cardiac Emergency Response Plan:

For additional information on CPR, visit the American Heart Association website.

  • Not moving, unresponsive or unconscious, or
  • Not breathing normally (i.e., may have irregular breathing, gasping  or gurgling, or may not be breathing at all), or
  • Seizure or convulsion-like activity.
  1. Determine if the individual is unresponsive
    • Do this by yelling, nudging the victim, and rubbing the center of their chest with a closed fist
  2. Call 911, give the building address.
    • Send someone to get the closest AED, See AED Locations by School. 
    • Send someone to meet the ambulance outside
  3. Start CPR
    • If you are trained in CPR: 
      • Do compressions and mouth-to-mouth breathing at a ratio of 30:2. 
        • High-Quality CPR:
          • Minimize interruptions in chest compressions
          • Provide compressions of adequate rate and depth
          • Avoid leaning on the victim between compressions
          • Ensure proper hand placement
          • Avoid excessive ventilation
    • If you are not trained in CPR:
  4. Once the AED Arrives:
    • Turn on the AED
    • Place patches on the individual
    • Follow AED prompts
  5. Let Emergency Medical Services take over upon their arrival.

AED Locations By School