Findings from a new study conducted at the University of Pennsylvania indicate that women are less likely than men to get CPR from a bystander and more likely to die. Only 39 percent of women suffering cardiac arrest in a public place were given CPR versus 45 percent of men, and women were more likely not to survive. The researchers surmise that reasons for this discrepancy may be due to reluctance to touch and expose a woman’s chest.

The research was discussed at a recent American Heart Association Conference. “The findings suggest that CPR training may need to be improved. Even that may be subtly biased toward males — practice mannequins (they’re not called “woman-nequins”) are usually male torsos”, Blewer, one of the study leaders, said.

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