Reader Backs Defibrillators

To The Editor:

The purpose of my letter is to support what Alan Relyea of the Hartford Financial Services Group has to say in his article on the importance of having automated external defibrillators–as well as employees properly trained to use them–in the workplace. (See, “Like Seatbelts, Defibrillators Save Lives,” NU, Aug. 12, page 16.)

Earlier this year, an employee here at GuideOne Insurance, an insurer of churches, collapsed while at work. When co-workers found her, she was in cardiac arrest. The company’s AED was retrieved from the first aid room and applied to the patient. An employee trained by the American Heart Association in the use of an AED successfully defibrillated the patient.

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