Recent research has shown that women are less likely to receive help during a cardiac arrest emergency. But why is this, and what can be done about it?
Generally, the public may hold internal fears related to inappropriate touching, accusations of sexual assault and causing physical injury. We can counter these perceptions by acknowledging bias exists and creating dialogue within the classroom and as a broader message.
Additionally, CPR Instructors can update training equipment to reflect different bodies. For example, the new Prestan Female Accessory mimics female breasts to provide more realistic training and further open the door to meaningful discussion.
Check out the HSI Emergency Care blog to learn more about why women are less likely to receive CPR in public.