Women less likely than men to get CPR in public

Women are less likely than men to receive CPR in public places, but older people, especially older men, are less likely to get CPR in private locations, new research has found.

The study, presented at the European Emergency Medicine Congress that took place Sept. 17-20 in Barcelona, Spain, analyzed 39,391 patient records of cardiac arrest outside of the hospital in Canada and the U.S. between 2005 and 2015. 

Here are three findings:

  • Bystanders performed 54 percent of CPR on patients, and women were less likely to be given CPR (52 percent) compared to men (55 percent).

  • When emergencies happened in public places, the difference between genders increased: 61 percent of women received CPR compared with 68 percent of men. This remained true regardless of age.

  • In private settings, men were about 9 percent less likely to be given CPR with every 10-year increase in age. Women were 3 percent less likely to receive CPR with every 10-year increase in age.

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