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The Ridiculous Reason Women Are Less Likely to Receive CPR

CPR is a life saving technique that should be spared to no person, for no reason. In the event of heart attack, or some other cause of heart failure, CPR can restart the heart and bring someone back to life. Living in a time of an opioid epidemic, CPR is an essential skill which can help bring someone back from an opioid overdose, if the overdose is not overly severe.

Women are struggling with the opioid epidemic. At least thirty-one women die of opioid overdose every single day. Though the data does not exist, one has to wonder how many lives might have been saved with proper and prompt administration of CPR. New research released by the American Heart Association reveal that less women receive CPR in an emergency than men do. Significantly less than fifty percent of women receive CPR when they have a heart attack in a public place, according to the research. Funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Heart Association, over 20,000 cases of cardiac arrests in public were analyzed. Only 39% of women received CPR, compared to 45% of men. The Verge notes that “Possibly as a result, men were 23 percent more likely to survive.”

Research which looked into the rates of CPR being administered to women in a home environment showed little to no disparity between the rate of CPR being administered to men. The current social environment when it comes to the female body is a tense and confusing one. As of August 2017, much of the mainstream media has focused on the sexual harassment and sexual assault of women. At once, a prevailing feminist narrative demands that women be treated no differently than men. For example, in the case of a heart attack or other heart failure, a woman and her body should not be the subject of scrutiny or intimidation when her life is at stake. However, the sensitivity around women’s bodies, specifically in the case of administering CPR, her breasts, might be one of the reasons women are not receiving CPR. “..They think the cause is fear of touching unknown women,” The Verge explains. In CPR training courses, mannequins for practicing CPR are usually modeled after the male physique, rather than the female physique.

There are certainly times to take the way one touches and approaches a woman’s body with careful consideration of political correctness, as well as decent respect. However, at a time when her life is on the line, there is no time for politeness. Life is always worth saving.


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