Women less likely to receive CPR

A recent study by Dr Audrey Blewer has found that women suffering from cardiac arrest in public are 27% less likely than men to receive CPR from a bystander.

Published on the 22nd May 2019 in the European Heart Journal, it is suggested that this lack of provision of bystander CPR results in only 68% of women receiving bystander CPR as opposed to 73% of men. According to the research an important contributory factor to this is that people were not able to identify that a colapsed woman was experiencing cardiac arrest. Also there has been an increasing instance of people not being willing or able to carry out effective compressions on women due to the hand position requiring some contact with the casualty's breast. It is vital that cardiac arrest is identified and the CPR commences as soon as is possible. Bystanders should not feel that the gender of the casualty will have any reflection of their ability to perform CPR. Regardless of the gender of the patient, always commence CPR on a non-breathing casualty. This may result in some accidental contact between your hands and the breast of your patient, but you may well save their life. https://www.bhf.org.uk/what-we-do/news-from-the-bhf/news-archive/2019/may/women-less-likely-to-receive-bystander-cpr-than-men-research-shows