Women less likely to be given vi­tal CPR

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WOMEN are less likely to re­ceive life­sav­ing CPR be­cause by­standers worry they will be ac­cused of sex­ual as­sault, ex­perts warn.

Car­diac ar­rest can kill some­one in min­utes if they do not re­ceive CPR – or car­diopul­monary re­sus­ci­ta­tion.

Yet men are 23% more likely to be given CPR if they col­lapse in pub­lic, stud­ies have found.

Now re­search for the Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion con­fer­ence in Chicago next week re­veals men and women alike are wor­ried they will be ac­cused of “in­ap­pro­pri­ate touch­ing” if they per­form CPR on a woman.

Two stud­ies asked about con­cerns over CPR on women. The first, by the Univer­sity of Colorado and in­volv­ing 54 adults, found they “don’t want to ap­pear grabby or awk­ward plac­ing their hands on the breast of a woman they don’t know – men are afraid of seem­ing like per­verts”. The re­spon­dents were also con­cerned they would hurt women with CPR.

And a vir­tual re­al­ity trial by the Penn­syl­va­nia Univer­sity found, sur­pris­ingly, that women were less will­ing than men to per­form CPR on an­other woman.

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