For the first time, someone has studied how a victim’s gender plays a role in the performance of CPR. In a study of 20,000 cases of cardiac arrest, CPR was done on only 39% of the women who needed it by bystanders and bystanders did CPR for 45% of the men who needed it. First of all, we should all be trained and the numbers should be closer to 100% on both. I find it appalling that less than half of either gender were getting help. But, really???!!! Women are getting less help. Wow. I find it hard to believe that, in today’s world, with all of the knowledge and information and training that we have, people are afraid to help a woman in cardiac arrest because that means touching her chest. Well, I’m here to say that I WANT HELP! I guess that is why I teach CPR. I know I’m not the only woman teaching CPR, either.
Let’s work harder to help more people. PLEASE.