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Cintas announces 200th life save

Dave Carlstrom named 200th survivor with Cintas ReviveR Defibrillator

December 16, 2011
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Vendor NewsCintas Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS) today announced that its ReviveR Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) program has helped save 200 sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) victims. Cintas celebrates the landmark achievement with the recent save of Dave Carlstrom, who suffered from SCA after finishing a racquetball game at a gym in Seattle, Wash.

"We are thrilled that Cintas' AED program has positively impacted so many lives," said David Bingham, Director of AEDs and Training, Cintas. "Each second counts when SCA strikes, and with a ReviveR on-site and nearby, help is just around the corner. These 200 saves are the result of proactive organizations that have made safety a priority by having the right products, programs and training in place to prepare for any incident."

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is an electrical malfunction in the heart and can occur to anyone, at anytime, without any warning or history of heart conditions. The American Heart Association advises that individuals with access to and treatment from an AED within a few minutes of experiencing SCA have up to an 80 percent chance of survival. The odds of survival drop to less than two percent after the first 10 minutes, which is about the average response time for an EMS to arrive after an initial call to 911.

"You never think it will happen to you," said Carlstrom, who turned 62 the day after the event. "I wouldn't be here today if it weren't for the quick-thinking staff and members at the gym who were able to apply CPR and activate the AED within three minutes of the incident.

Having an AED program in place can benefit an organization if an on-site emergency occurs. In the event of an incident, Cintas ReviveR uses video guidance and text and voice prompts to provide easy, step-by-step instructions to responders in real-time.

"When SCA occurs, a bystander or staff member is usually the one who must take action," added Bingham. "With the ReviveR AED, responders can be assured that defibrillation, although a frightening experience, can be simple."
Cintas' comprehensive AED program extends beyond the ReviveR is focused on all aspects of emergency response. In addition to providing CPR and AED training, the program includes site assessment by a health and safety expert and periodic maintenance reviews of the unit to ensure it is in proper working order.

For more information about the ReviveR, please visit For more information on Cintas' first-aid and safety programs, please visit

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 900,000 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.

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