Davis Senior High School’s science fiction classroom became the site of an emergency drill last week, testing staff and student response to a sudden cardiac arrest.
The victim in question was a mannequin. The response time was a quick 90 seconds from the moment the emergency was called to the time that an automated external defibrillator (AED) made its way into the classroom and CPR was started.
The emergency drill was monitored by Project ADAM Sacramento, a UC Davis Children’s Hospital program with a mission to reach out to schools to ensure that AEDs are installed and that staff, faculty, students and families are trained how to use them and to perform CPR.
The high school received and installed five new defibrillator units on campus from Yolo Emergency Medical Services Agency this school year. This was the first time that the staff had practiced an emergency drill since the new units were installed. Rhona Youtsey, Davis Joint Unified School District school nurse and AED coordinator for the district, invited Project ADAM Sacramento to the campus to assist with the drill.
“It’s important to have AEDs available at schools, but it’s also important that people have easy access to them and know how to use them in the event of an emergency, which is why we encourage schools to regularly drill like this,” said Amber Lindgren, coordinator for Project ADAM Sacramento.
Two campus supervisors performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and chest compressions during the emergency drill.
When the emergency was called, a teacher led students out of the room, while two campus supervisors and members of the high school's Cardiac Response Team took the lead in following the AED machine’s instructions and performing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and chest compressions.
Following the drill, Lindgren and Jeanny Park, medical director of Project ADAM Sacramento and UC Davis pediatric cardiologist and pediatric cardiac electrophysiologist, presented the school with a Heart Safe School certificate of acknowledgement. Davis Senior High School is the first school in Davis to formally receive this certificate.
"For me, this is personally gratifying because both of my children attended the Davis public school system all the way through high school. It’s not surprising to me that Davis is on the forefront of getting this done," said Park.