INDIANAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS), a leader in first-aid and safety products, has named Ben Davis High School a recipient of its 2012 Scholastic Grant Award and furnished the Indianapolis-based school with a complimentary automated external defibrillator (AED) during a special basketball half-time presentation on December 14, 2012. Death from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is the leading cause of non-traumatic mortality in young athletes, according to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association. Cintas selected Ben Davis as part of the company’s efforts to promote continued awareness for schools, churches and other non-profits throughout Indianapolis and surrounding areas.
“Corporate citizenship is a core value of Cintas and we’re thrilled to share our industry knowledge with Ben Davis High School and provide them with an AED so that parents, teachers, coaches and students no longer have to live in fear of SCA.”
“Unfortunately, many young adults are unaware that they may have abnormal heart conditions. This leaves them vulnerable to an SCA incident, especially during a sporting event,” said Mark Lahr, ATC- athletic trainer and Physical Education & Health department chair, Ben Davis High School. “We’re thrilled that Cintas has selected our school to receive an AED to improve the mobility of our safety efforts. This unit will be used by our training department to accompany our athletic teams for away games and practices.”
The American Heart Association recommends the use of comprehensive AED programs to increase survival rates among SCA victims. Without CPR or the lifesaving technology of an AED, the chances of survival decrease by 7 to 10 percent every minute that passes without medical attention. AED programs encourage the placement of an accessible unit onsite, ongoing training and the use of emergency response plans.
“Getting help for an SCA victim within a matter of minutes is essential. With a functioning AED nearby, schools ensure a first responder can take action before emergency personnel arrive,” said Ryan Gard, Indianapolis Regional Sales Manager, Cintas. “Corporate citizenship is a core value of Cintas and we’re thrilled to share our industry knowledge with Ben Davis High School and provide them with an AED so that parents, teachers, coaches and students no longer have to live in fear of SCA.”
The Cintas Scholastic Grant Program was developed to increase awareness of the benefits of an AED program among those in school buildings, including parent teacher associations, athletic directors, athletic booster members, safety administrators, school administrators, school nurses, teachers and students. Schools interested in learning more about discounts available through the Scholastic Grant Program can call 877-973-2811.
For more information on first-aid and safety solutions from Cintas, please visit www.cintas.com/firstaidsafety.
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 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.