Study suggests women less likely to get CPR from bystanders
2017-11-14 14:14:00

A new study suggests women are less likely than men to get CPR from a bystander and more likely to die, and researchers think reluctance to touch a woman’s chest might be one reason.

Only 39% of women suffering cardiac arrest in a public place were given CPR versus 45% of men, and men were 23% more likely to survive, the study found.

It involved nearly 20,000 cases around the United States and is the first to examine gender differences in receiving heart help from the public versus professional responders.

“It can be kind of daunting thinking about pushing hard and fast on the center of a woman’s chest” and some people may fear they are hurting her, said Audrey Blewer, a University of Pennsylvania researcher who led the study.

Rescuers also may worry about moving a woman’s clothing to get better access, or touching breasts to do CPR, but doing it properly “shouldn’t entail that,” said another study leader, U Penn’s Dr. Benjamin Abella. “You put your hands on the sternum, which is the middle of the chest. In theory, you’re touching in between the breasts.”

The study was discussed Sunday at an American Heart Association conference in Anaheim.

Source: CGTN Editor: Hiram