November 17th, 2017

Study Suggests Women Less Likely to Get CPR From Bystander

By Karl W Oestreich

New York Times

Women are less likely than men to get CPR from a bystander and more likely to die, a new study suggests, and researchers think reluctance to touch a woman's chest might be one reason. Only 39 percent of women suffering cardiac arrest in a public place were given CPR versus 45 The New York Times newspaper logopercent of men, and men were 23 percent more likely to survive, the study found."All of us are going to have to take a closer look at this" gender issue, said the Mayo Clinic's Dr. Roger White, who co-directs the paramedic program for the city of Rochester, Minnesota. He said he has long worried that large breasts may impede proper placement of defibrillator pads if women need a shock to restore normal heart rhythm.

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Context:  Roger White, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic  anesthesiologist. You can read about Dr. White's out-of-hospital cardiac arrest research here.

Contact: Traci Klein

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