Eaton RESA’s Meadowview School receives MI HEARTSafe School Award

It was recently announced that Meadowview School has been awarded the MI HEARTSafe School Award. The MI HEARTSafe School award is given to schools that prioritize student safety and establish emergency plans and processes. More specifically, the HEARTSafe designation recognizes a school’s efforts to prevent sudden cardiac death of the young (SCDY).

Meadowview School has a comprehensive plan for automated external defibrillator (AED) use, as well as a medical emergency response team comprised of Eaton RESA staff to assist when needed. The goal of the response team would be to be to act efficiently and effectively should a student go into sudden cardiac arrest while on campus. The team can recognize the signs of sudden cardiac arrest and respond quickly by calling 9-1-1 and using CPR and an AED until Emergency Medical Services arrive.

“Safety is at the forefront of every decision that is made and given our medically fragile population, we need to be prepared. Thanks to our school nurse, Amanda Brunton, who updated our policy and submitted our application for recertification, we are well prepared for a cardiac emergency. The staff here at Meadowview do a great job of ensuring student safety every day and this just adds an extra support,” said Michel McDonald, Principal of Meadowview School.

“Cardiac preparedness is vital in a school setting, as cardiac emergencies can happen at any age. By maintaining our MI HEARTSafe certification, we at Meadowview, are doing our best to ensure the safety of our students, staff and visitors. Our medical emergency response team is made up of a group of amazing individuals that truly take the care and welfare of our students seriously. One of the most important things we can do to be prepared is to hold regular drills; this team operates like a well-oiled machine,” added Amanda Brunton, RN/BSN, Meadowview School Nurse.

Meadowview School has received the MI HEARTSafe School designation for the past three years. The award was given last week at the Livingston County EMS Facility in Howell by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in partnership with the Michigan Department of Education, the Michigan Department of Community Health, the American Heart Association, and Michigan Alliance for Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death Young Partners.

Since 1974, Meadowview School has been serving students in Eaton County who suffer from moderate to severe cognitive impairments, severe multiple impairments, severe emotional impairments, autism spectrum disorders, and traumatic brain injuries, as well as providing transition services. To find out more about Meadowview School, visit www.eatonresa.org/services/meadowview.

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