Females less likely to receive CPR

September 26, 2015

We recently discovered this interesting article, which references a study performed by Chelsea Kramer and her colleagues at the Healthcare Human Factors and Simulation Laboratory (HHFSL) at the University of Calgary’s W21C Research and Innovation Centre.The report suggests that women are less likely to be resuscitated – by both bystanders and medically-trained personnel.

"When faced with either a male or female patient simulator, both men and women rescuers appeared reluctant to remove a female patient simulator’s clothing, with men being significantly more hesitant to do so. However, the hand placement for CPR on the female was more ideal compared to on the male simulated patient...The reluctance to reveal iSam’s chest was most commonly pointed towards social norms and a concern for patient modesty."

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