Investment in defibrillators pays off at ConAgra: Cardiac Science for the week of April 12

Investment in defibrillators pays off at ConAgra

The Omaha World-Herald reports that ConAgra has placed automated external defibrillators in every facility with more than 10 employees. The company’s decision paid off in January when staff at ConAgra’s largest plant, in Russellville, Arkansas, used one of the AEDs to restart the heart of an employee who suffered a cardiac event in the breakroom before his shift.

The article said that the company’s trained responders have saved 7 lives using AEDs since the company installed the devices in 2006.

New Hampshire AEDs: Teen survives sudden cardiac arrest, now campaigns for AEDs

The New Hampshire American Red Cross honored 16-year-old Zach Harper for his work raising money to buy automated external defibrillators for his community.

Zach suffered sudden cardiac arrest at his high school and rescued by a school nurse who used the school’s AED. Harper now campaigns to raise awareness about the important of CPR training and AEDs. reported that he has raised funds for the purchase of three AEDs.