Submitted by SCAFoundation on Thu, 10/04/2018 - 12:00am

CINCINNATI, OH--According to the American Heart Association, there are more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests each year, and 90 percent are fatal.1 A new poll commissioned by Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS), a leading provider of workplace first aid and safety supplies, found that 75 percent of Americans believe schools should have automated external defibrillators (AEDs) on-site. The survey was conducted online by The Harris Poll, August 28-30, 2018, among 2,015 U.S. adults ages 18 and older.

“Having AEDs installed in public facilities can be the difference between life and death, so it’s no surprise that an overwhelming majority of people believe that these places should have units accessible,” said Katie Gough-Edwards, Director of Marketing – First Aid & Safety, Cintas. “However, it’s important for organizations to remember that in addition to installing AEDs, these units require proactive support and ongoing maintenance by professionals.”

In addition to schools, the survey identified other facilities where Americans believe AEDs should be installed, including:

  • Healthcare facilities (ex., hospitals, urgent care clinics, doctor’s offices, nursing homes): 83 percent
  • Hotels: 69 percent
  • Transportation facilities (e.g., airport, train station): 74 percent
  • Government-owned facilities (e.g., court house, DMV, recreation center): 72 percent
  • Fitness centers: 76 percent

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SOURCE: Cintas, via Business Wire