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UC Davis Joins Program To Put Defibrillators In Sacramento-Area Schools

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

Automated external defibrillators are designed to monitor a patient's vital signs and provide direction to the person who has opened the device. Each device costs about $1,000 according to UC Davis Children's Hospital.

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

The UC Davis Children's hospital has recently joined an effort to install automated defibrillators in schools in the Sacramento area.

Dr. Stuart Berger is the Chief of Pediatric Cardiology for the hospital and the founder of "Project Adam." He says most people can survive a heart attack if they have help.

"The likelihood of survival if you have a cardiac arrest is anywhere from 65-to-85 percent. Whereas, if you don't have a cpr/aed program or you have what we call an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, the likelihood of survival is 20 percent at best."

Berger started Project Adam in Wisconsin 15 years ago. It's named after a high school student who died of a heart attack. Berger says 100 lives have been saved in Wisconsin since the program began.

0125 16 bm defibrillator Dr. Stuart Berger UC Davis

Project Adam has been operating in Sacramento for less than a year. So far, two schools in the Sacramento area have paid for the defibrillators, which costs about $1,000 each. 

Bob Moffitt

Sacramento Region Reporter

Bob reports on all things northern California and Nevada. His coverage of police technology, local athletes, and the environment has won a regional Associated Press and several Edward R. Murrow awards.   Read Full Bio 

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