Study Shows That Women Are Much Less Likely To Receive CPR In Public Than Men

by Kate Taylor
Kate is a writer who laughs at her own jokes and likes to pour too much hot sauce on her food.

If you suddenly collapsed in public, wouldn’t you hope that someone who knows CPR would come to your rescue?

Chances are the answer is yes, even if that person turned out to be a stranger. However, a recent study found that bystanders are less likely to perform CPR on a woman in public than they are on a man.

U.S. News reports the study found that women suffering cardiac arrest in public were only given CPR 39% of the time. Meanwhile, men received CPR 45% of the time and were 23% more likely to survive.

What is so troubling about this statistic is that women are dying because of a completely preventable problem.

Dr. Travis Stork and his panel of experts on The Doctors recently discussed these findings and made some very interesting points. First of all, why are women less likely to receive CPR? Well, the answer has to do with breasts.

Dr. Travis explains, “Researchers say one of the reasons might be that people are too afraid to touch a women’s chest in public.” He goes on to rightfully point out that this needing to give a woman CPR is “the one time” when touching her chest in public would actually be appropriate.

Moreover, the standard dummy used to instruct people on CPR technique is male, making it difficult for people to learn how to properly administer CPR when there are breasts present. (Although, those who know how to do it properly know you wouldn’t be touching a woman’s breasts at all.)

Watch the team discuss other factors contributing to this sad reality in the clip below.

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Photos: The Doctors; Wikimedia Commons / Schweiz

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