Are Women Less Likely to Receive CPR?

Playing Women Less Likely to Receive CPR?

If you are a woman, you could be less likely to receive CPR, according to a new study.

The Doctors discuss the study which found women are less likely to receive help from a bystander. The study found that one of the reasons people are less likely to come to a woman's aid is they might be afraid of touching a woman's breasts.

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The panel is quick to note that performing CPR properly on a woman will not require you to touch the breast area. The Doctors explain that CPR should be administered in the center of the chest, away from the breasts, and that the soft tissue on the chest will not affect CPR. 

With over 350,000 Americans having a heart attack or a heart incident outside of a hospital every year, The Doctors stress the importance of giving someone in need CPR as quickly as possible and say the sooner chest compressions are given the more likely the person will survive.

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The panel also notes if a defibrillator is available that the use of this device in conjunction with CPR will greatly improve someone's chance of survival.