Women are less likely than men to receive CPR

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Published: Aug. 15, 2022 at 7:58 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - The American Heart Association released a new video which trains people on how to perform CPR to a woman. The video was based on a 2018 study showing that only 39% of women who experience cardiac arrest received help from a bystander. Men receive CPR 45% of the time and have a 23 percent higher odds of survival.

Black and Hispanic adults are also less likely than their white peers to receive help from a bystander. When it comes to women all the reasons that make people hesitate is based around one emotion.

“There’s fear of hand placement, there’s fear of harassment, there’s fear of hurting the person. You’re pushing pretty hard when you’re doing hands only CPR, but at that point the persons gone. This is your chance to bring them back. We want you to push hard and fast on the center of the chest,” said Shannon Hilaire, Communications Director for American Heart Association.

Hilaire also believes this fear comes from a place of not knowing what laws protect people if a person accused them of harassment while giving chest compressions. Most people are not aware of Good Samaritan laws in place to protect those who acted in a life-saving manner.

“It makes sense to me that people would be a little hesitate to do CPR on a women if they realize ‘oh gosh I’m going to actually remove her clothing’ and that kind of thing or ‘where do I place my hands’ and so forth. It’s a sad reality right?” said Ginny Curley, who was saved by CPR 12 years ago.

“Part of it is like whoever is on the scene and has the training or doesn’t but has the videos, I say go for it. For me as a woman, I don’t care who it is that saves my life. I’m just glad to be alive. If it’s a women there great, that’s fabulous but I’m ok having a man, either one saves my life,” said Curley.

Curley hopes people will use the information the American Heart Association provides to be ready when it’s their time to save a life.

“For me in the moment of crisis, it’s about stepping up. It’s about being the person who says ‘If I have the ability to save someone’s life, I’m going to do it. I’m not going to look around and wait for someone else to step in. I know there’s a lot of fear about that,” said Curley.

Curley stated from her experience all people need to do is step up despite fear, just like her husband who was afraid 12 years ago when he saved her life.

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