A new study has found that women who have cardiac arrest are less likely to receive CPR than men. In fact, they are more likely to die of a heart attack than their male counterparts, according to a study from the University of Pennsylvania.
Researchers examined 19,331 cardiovascular events in the United States and Canada. Using data from the Renaissance Consortium, they looked at cardiovascular events and public trauma.
They found that men were 1.23 times more likely to receive CPR from an observer than women. Males received CPR 45% of the time, but females only performed 39% of the time. Males were twice as likely to escape cardiovascular events than females.
However, when researchers looked at cardiovascular events at home, there was no significant difference between men and women: 35% of women received CPR following an event, compared to 36% of men. Why is it a big difference when women are out in public?
University researchers say people are less comfortable giving CPR to a woman they don’t know than a man. Viewers may be more “uncomfortable” about doing CPR on women.
The authors of the study, which discussed the results at an American Heart Association conference, said there could be a difference between the rescuers’ reluctance to remove a woman’s clothing, to gain better access to her sternum, or to not want to touch her breasts. Order to perform CPR.
According to the Associated Press, “This is not a bad time because it is a life and death situation,” said study co-chair Dr. Benjamin Abella.
Except: “You place your hands on the sternum that is in the middle of the chest. In theory, you are touching between the breasts.”
The authors hypothesize that women are less likely to receive CPR because CBR training mannequins are usually designed to resemble a male torso. As a result, people may feel less comfortable doing CPR on women because of the difference in body shape.
“By finding this imbalance, we can think of new ways to train and educate the public on when and why they manage CPR in order to help save more lives.” Co-Chair Audrey Blower said in a statement.
“Regardless of one’s gender or how their body is shaped, it is absolutely important to give the observer CPR during the cardiac arrest because it has proven to double and triple the victim’s chances of survival.”