Posted on 01/23/2019

CINCINNATI, OH--More than 3 in 5 Americans doubt their ability to correctly use an automated external defibrillator, while slightly more than half say they are proficient in performing CPR, according to the results of a recent survey.

In the survey of more than 2,000 adults, conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of workplace first aid services and supplies provider Cintas Corp., 63 percent of respondents reported a lack of confidence in using an AED, and only 54 percent said they felt comfortable administering CPR.

“In many emergency situations, prompt, properly administered first aid care can mean the difference between life and death,” said Tom Lally, Director of Training & Compliance – First Aid & Safety, Cintas. “No matter if your workplace is located in a factory or traditional office, first aid and CPR/AED training provides your employees with the certification, confidence and capability to provide immediate critical care during an incident, injury or illness.”

Additional findings show that respondents have a stronger aptitude for other first aid and emergency preparedness basics:

  • 79 percent of Americans are confident that they know what to do/where to go during a weather-related emergency (e.g., tornado, hurricane, earthquake).
  • 78 percent of Americans are confident that they know how to use a fire extinguisher.
  • 75 percent of Americans are confident that they know how to administer basic first aid (e.g., bandaging a cut, stopping a nosebleed, using an epinephrine pen, Heimlich maneuver).

SOURCE: Cintas