The combination of early CPR and early AED use can more than double the chances of survival. However, bystander CPR occurs less often within underserved populations.
A recent Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation newsletter highlights some significant disparities in CPR training and bystander CPR rates among different populations, including:
- The prevalence of CPR training was lower in Hispanic/Latino people, older people, people with less formal education, and lower-income groups.
- Laypeople were less likely to initiate CPR for people with OHCA in low-income Black neighborhoods or in predominately Hispanic neighborhoods than in high-income White neighborhoods.
As CPR Instructors, we need to make a dedicated effort to reach underserved communities by building trust from within and providing accessible resources.
Check out the HSI Emergency Care blog for more information about increasing CPR training for underserved populations.