Men more likely to receive CPR in public than women

Angelo Anderson
November 15, 2017

When the researchers looked at cardiac events that took place in the home, however, they found no significant difference between men and women: 35 percent of women received CPR following an event, compared to 36 percent of men.

A study conducted by researchers of 20,000 cases of heart attacks around the country shows a disturbing trend in how men and women are treated by bystanders, according to their perceived gender.

The study involved almost 20,000 cases around the country and found 45 percent of men received bystander CPR in public compared to 39 percent of women.

Men were also found to be almost two times more likely to survive a cardiac event after bystander CPR and they had 23 per cent increased odds of survival without it, compared to women. Men received CPR 45 percent of the time, but women only did 39 percent of the time.


One theory to explain the discrepancy: Strangers may be reluctant to undo a woman's clothing and touch her breasts, even if it means they can save her life, says a lead researcher on the study.

The findings are pushing officials to reconsider how CPR trainings are taught, including the far more common use of a male torso mannequin for demonstrations, as well as the useful placement of defibrillator pads on "large breasts".

If someone experiences a sudden cardiac arrest in public, gender may play a big role in getting bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). "This study and other investigations from our team are only just beginning to peel back the layers on CPR rates and training disparities, cardiac arrest survival, and the public's understanding of the importance of rapid intervention during a cardiac emergency".

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