Women less likely to be given vital CPR
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.