Cintas ReviveR AEDs Helped Save Over 50 Lives at LA Fitness Facilities
LA Fitness and Cintas work together to protect club members from one of the nation's number one causes of death
CINCINNATI, Jan. 4, 2011 — Cintas Corporation (Nasdaq: CTAS) along with LA Fitness International LLC, announced today that the use of the Cintas ReviveR™ automated external defibrillator (AED) in LA Fitness gyms nationwide has helped to save more than 50 lives. This milestone kicks off Cintas' ReviveR Survivor Program, an initiative that honors responders who demonstrate life-saving emergency skills using the ReviveR. Overall, Cintas' AEDs have saved nearly 160 lives to date.
"Our focus is on a healthy life style, and the safety of our members remains a highest priority," said Louis Welch, CEO, LA Fitness. "Cintas' AEDs offer up-to-date technology and ease of use so the responder can simply focus on the task at hand — saving a life." "Had I been anyplace other than where I was at the time of the event, my story may very well have a different ending," said survivor William Stolp. "LA Fitness is to be commended for having the AED available and staff trained to properly use the device. My family and I will forever be grateful for their quick thinking and response."
Research from the American Heart Association cites that providing AEDs on site can increase sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) survival by 74 percent. Cintas' ReviveR AED helps the responder by acting as a personal coach through critical moments. The ReviveR was designed for use by untrained responders. It is the only AED that delivers simple, step-by-step instructions through a clear, calm voice. It also shows continuous monitoring of the heart to detect if the patient's heartbeat recovers.
"LA Fitness has set a new standard of safety in the fitness sector," said Scott Farmer, CEO, Cintas. "Nearly 300,000 people suffer sudden cardiac arrest each year in the United States with only a six to seven percent survival rate. We are thrilled to provide our customers with the tools and resources they need to make their environments as safe as possible."
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.
For more information about the ReviveR AED and the ReviveR Survivor Program, please visit http://www.cintas.com/FirstAidSafety/EmergencySupplies/ReviverAED.aspx. To view a demo of the revolutionary new ReviveR View AED, please visit http://www.cintas.com/ReviverViewDemo/.
About Cintas Corporation:
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.
About LA Fitness International, LLC:
Founded in 1984, LA Fitness is one of the fastest growing sports club chains in the United States and presently has over 340 locations in 22 states and Canada. LA Fitness' mission is to help as many people as possible achieve the benefits of a healthy lifestyle by creating a nationwide network of sports clubs, offering its members the widest range of amenities and the friendliest service at an affordable price. To learn more about LA Fitness, please visit www.lafitness.com or for the club nearest you call 1 (800) LA FITNESS.