Cintas Announces Tips for Implementing an AED Program During Heart Month
More than 160 lives saved with ReviveR™ AEDs
CINCINNATI, February 8, 2011 — In recognition of American Heart Month, Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS) today released top tips for implementing an automatic external defibrillator (AED) program. With sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) as a leading cause of death claiming more than 250,000 victims each year, Cintas’ tips help organizations understand how to maximize the life-saving benefits of an AED program.
“Sudden cardiac arrest affects people of all ages and degrees of fitness,” said Bob Mitchell, Vice President, Emerging Business Sales, Cintas. “"While calling 911 and performing CPR are important responses for bystanders, providing defibrillation within a few minutes of SCA can mean the difference between life and death. Choosing to implement an effective, clear AED program in any work location, jobsite, school or public facility is critical to making the commitment to saving lives.”
More than 160 lives have been saved with the help of the Cintas ReviveR™ AEDs. To help organizations most effectively implement an AED program, Cintas offers the following tips:
- Place the AED three minutes away from populated areas: Companies should determine places where SCA could most likely occur. Possible AED locations could include main reception area, near elevators, cafeterias and on the walls of main corridors. Responders should be able to quickly access the AED in an unlocked location within three minutes of the incident's location
- Train all potential responders: Companies should identify individuals who would be the likely responders in the event of an SCA and explore customizable training programs, like those available through Cintas, to suit their particular needs. Potential responders include security personnel, human resources and facility staff.
- Ensure local emergency medical services (EMS) can locate the AED: Communicate the location of all AEDs to local EMS workers in order to save critical minutes during an emergency.
- Enlist a medical professional to oversee AED implementation: Potential medical professionals to provide advisement on the program include emergency medicine physicians, occupational health nurses and local or state EMS professionals.
- Conduct Regular Equipment Maintenance Checks. To prevent an AED from not working properly, ongoing maintenance checks ensure the unit is correctly working.
“According to the American Heart Association, for each minute that passes without CPR and proper defibrillation, the chance of survival decreases 7 to 10 percent,” said David Bingham, Director of AEDs and Training, Cintas. “By having an AED on site and by ensuring that all are trained in its proper use, businesses can help protect lives.”
The total Cintas AED program extends beyond the ReviveR AED unit and is focused on all aspects of emergency response. In addition to extensive CPR/AED training, the components of the ReviveR AED program include site assessment by a health and safety expert and periodic maintenance reviews of the ReviveR. The revolutionary Cintas ReviveR View promotes the confidence for bystanders to take action, step-by-step guidance on how to respond effectively.
For more information about the ReviveR View AED, please visit http://www.cintas.com/FirstAidSafety/EmergencySupplies/
To view a demo of the revolutionary new ReviveR View AED, please visit http://www.cintas.com/ReviverViewDemo/.
Headquartered in Cincinnati, Cintas Corporation provides highly specialized services to businesses of all types primarily throughout North America. Cintas designs, manufactures and implements corporate identity uniform programs, and provides entrance mats, restroom supplies, promotional products, first aid, safety, fire protection products and services and document management services for approximately 800,000 businesses. Cintas is a publicly held company traded over the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol CTAS, and is a component of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index.