Cintas Debunks 5 Myths about Automated External Defibrillators

  Cintas Debunks 5 Myths about Automated External Defibrillators

Overcoming misconceptions about defibrillators has the potential to save more

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CINCINNATI -- February 1, 2013

In a study conducted by the Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival
(CARES), less than four percent of more than 31,000 sudden cardiac arrest
victims (SCA) were treated with an automated external defibrillator (AED). In
recognition of February as American Heart Month, and to ease fears and
increase the use of AEDs, Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS), a leader in
first-aid and safety personal protective products (PPE), has highlighted five
myths associated with the devices.

“Because of a series of misconceptions about AEDs, many facility managers
either fail to see the urgency of installing and using these devices, or they
fear them for liability reasons,” said David Bingham, Director of AEDs and
Training, Cintas. “By addressing some of the myths associated with AEDs, our
goal is to help ensure that individuals and organizations understand the
importance of using AEDs to save lives.”

The five myths associated with AEDs include:

1. AEDs create liabilities – Although they vary by state, Good Samaritan laws
exist to protect laypersons acting in good faith, even when the individual
cannot be revived. In addition, organizations can help protect themselves from
liability by implementing a comprehensive AED program that includes ongoing
service checks and maintenance to make sure all devices are fully charged and
working properly long after installation.

2. Medical personnel will arrive in time –Organizations often rationalize that
an AED isn’t necessary because emergency medical services (EMS) will save the
day. But in high-traffic urban areas or in rural areas, where EMS have to
travel long distances, having an AED onsite can mean the difference between
life and death. In a study conducted by STAT PADS, an independent provider of
medical direction for AED programs, among 64 SCA incidents reported at Cintas
customer sites in 2011, the average response time for EMS was nearly nine and
half minutes, whereas onsite first responders with AEDs averaged about five

3. AEDs may unintentionally shock a victim – AEDs are designed to shock only
individuals suffering from ventricular fibrillation, or an abnormal heart
rhythm. The unit analyzes the victim’s heart rhythm and will advise the
responder to apply a shock only if this condition is met.

4. AEDs are not intended for laypersons – On the contrary, AEDs are designed
specifically with laypersons in mind. Featuring voice guidance and, in some
cases, LED screens with show-and-tell features, the devices walk first
responders through every part of the rescue process. Although organizations
with AEDs are encouraged to train employees to use the units, anyone can
follow the AED’s guidance. The ReviveR™ View AED from Cintas offers
step-by-step video instructions for preparing the patient, connecting and
applying the pads, delivering a shock and providing effective CPR.

5. Buying an AED online is sufficient – Purchasing an AED online, instead of
through a first-aid and safety provider, is like receiving a prescription
without expert medical direction. As well as complying with laws and
regulations that accompany the purchase of AEDs, organizations must correctly
install the units and maintain them over time to improve chances of survival
for people suffering from SCA. A comprehensive program handles these tasks and
ensures that replacement pads are available. Exemplary programs also analyze
event data stored within the unit after an SCA incident occurs to assess
whether additional training is required or the AED’s location should be
changed in order to improve response time.

“We come across many organizations with AEDs still in the boxes in which they
arrived,” said Dana Miller, Executive Director, STAT PADS. “Like organizations
without AEDs, organizations with devices that aren’t installed and maintained
are rendered helpless when an SCA emergency occurs. We hope that with more
education about AEDs, laypersons and organizations will be more inclined to
use them to save lives.”

A comprehensive AED program from Cintas provides AED units, CPR and AED
training, site assessment by a health and safety expert, and periodic
maintenance of the units to ensure proper working order. In collaboration with
STAT PADS, the Cintas Fasttrack online program tracks AED maintenance, battery
and electrode expiration, AED/CPR training and recertification, and allows
secure access to important information about an organization’s AED program.

For more information on first-aid and safety solutions from Cintas, please
visit For more information on STAT PADS, please

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 cleaning and supplies, tile and carpet
cleaning, promotional products, first aid, safety, fire protection products
and services and document management services for more than 1 million
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.


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