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MI HEARTSafe School Award Program

A HEARTSafe designation recognizes a school's efforts to prevent sudden cardiac death of the young (SCDY) by screening its athletes for inherited syndromes that predispose to sudden cardiac arrest and preparing for a cardiac emergency. Members of this school community know how to recognize the signs of a sudden cardiac arrest and respond quickly by calling
9-1-1 and using CPR and an automated external defibrillator (AED) until EMS arrives.

How to become a MI HEARTSafe School

Minimum Criteria:

  • A cardiac emergency response team with current CPR/AED certification, sufficient to respond to an emergency during school hours AND during organized after-school activities and sports, if applicable.
  • At least 10% of staff, 50% of coaches including 100% of head coaches, and 100% of P.E. staff with current CPR/AED certification.
  • A sufficient number* of accessible, properly maintained and inspected AEDs, ready to use, with signs identifying AED locations.

    * Sufficient number is estimated by time to scene from recognition to AED placement within 2-5 minutes.

  • The performance of at least one cardiac emergency response drill* per year.

    *Including recognizing signs of sudden cardiac arrest and using the American Heart Association's Chain of Survival: calling 9-1-1 and use of bystander CPR and AED until EMS arrive to provide advanced life support.

MI HEARTSafe School designation is awarded for a period of three school years.

To apply for MI HEARTSafe School designation at no cost, download and follow the instructions on the application.

How to become a MI HEARTSafe School at no cost - Checklist for Administrators

For questions about MI HEARTSafe Schools Award Program and how to qualify and apply for MI HEARTSafe designation, please contact Deb Duquette at (517)335-8286 or email duquetted@michigan.gov.