Killing the Stigma That’s Killing Women

What is the gender health gap in cardiac arrest and how do we close it?

Killing the Stigma That’s Killing Women

In Scotland, women make up 36% of all out of hospital cardiac arrests. This amounts to 1,200 women per year.

However, studies have shown that across the board, women are less likely than men to receive CPR when in cardiac arrest:

Unfortunately this trend isn’t limited to the pre-hospital setting. In hospital, women who have cardiac arrests have higher mortality rates, worse neurological outcomes and receive less post-arrest intervention than men. Despite cardiac arrest treatment protocols being uniform between the sexes, women are less likely to receive the standard post-arrest treatment than men. This has important implications with regard to survival rates and post-arrest quality of life.

So how do you perform CPR on a woman?

Let’s clear up this misconception once and for all: CPR is a gender neutral life-saving technique. Properly administering CPR only involves pushing on the patient’s sternum, regardless of whether that patient has breasts. We need to change the culture and attitudes around cardiac arrest in women in order to close this gender health gap. Having breasts should not stand in the way of a person getting the help they need. Let’s kill the stigma that’s killing women and #GiveHerCPR.

Photo: www.womanikin.org

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2 days ago

We hope you've enjoyed our #DebunkFridays series! We're ending the series with a classic moment from #theoffice where the team learns #CPR with a focus on incorrect hand placement during chest compressions. It’s the opposite of a proper CPR learning session but it is very amusing nonetheless. Full clip: buff.ly/2zeVV2I

In this scene (see gif in comment section below), Michael is incorrectly performing CPR in the neck area. For proper chest compressions, the heel of one hand should be placed in the centre of the chest with the other hand on top. Interlock your fingers. Press down 5-6 cm at a rate of 100-120 compressions/min.
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5 days ago

Fantastic news! Amazing work by all involved ❤️ ... See MoreSee Less

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1 week ago

Welcome back to #DebunkFridays! A series where we examine representations of #CPR and #cardiacarrest in TV/film. Today we’ll be looking at #Arrow and the incorrect placement of defibrillator pads on Oliver Green.

Check out the clip in the comments section below.

In this scene, you can see one of the pads is incorrectly placed on Oliver's stomach area. Check out the graphic for the correct placement of defibrillator pads. Did you know that PADs (Public Access Defibrillators) also known as AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) will have visual instructions to guide you on pad placement should you ever need to use one.
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