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Cintas (Cincinnati) reported that 100 winning schools in its Scholastic AED Program will receive a complimentary ReviveR automatic external defibrillator (AED) from Cintas.

Selected by an independent panel of judges from more than 600 applications, the winning public and private schools from across the nation best demonstrated their school's need for an AED within their facility and how they would develop and implement an AED program at their school.

"We were delighted by the number of applications we received," said Dave Bingham, Ddirector of AEDs and training for Cintas. "Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is a serious issue, claiming the lives of more than 250,000 adults and students each year. By equipping 100 schools with AEDs through this program and ensuring individuals are properly trained on how to maintain and use the equipment, we increase chances of survival if someone suffers SCA."

Winning applications described how the school would work with student organizations, administrators and the local community to provide the proper education and training required to perform CPR and deploy an AED. Award winners have been notified and are currently organizing a date when the AED will be presented and the program deployed.

Developed to help bring awareness to SCA and encourage community education, the Cintas Scholastic AED Grant Program ran through the end of February, which is National Heart Month.

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