Research shows that bystanders are less likely to perform CPR on women than men, and experts say superficial anatomical differences may lead people to assume chest compressions must be performed differently on men and women, which is not true.
The Womanikin campaign is part of a larger discussion among public health advocates working to solve this problem.
New research shows bystanders who offer CPR to a person in need can improve survival rates and reduce neurological issues, such as brain damage, that can result from cardiac arrest.
EMS agencies should promote public involvement in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and AED use to improve community health.
But the fact is that bystander CPR can — and does — save lives. Just ask Jennifer Piazza, whose 24-year-old husband, Shawn, had a sudden cardiac arrest in their home one afternoon.
In summary, the benefit of COCPR by bystanders is largest in adult patients with sudden cardiac arrest. Recent minimally interrupted CPR recommendations by the American Heart Association are appropriate and EMS dispatchers should instruct bystanders unfamiliar with CPR to perform COCPR. The evidence suggests that doing so will simultaneously increase bystander acceptability/compliance and improve cardiac arrest victim survival.
Bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) improves outcomes following out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). Several community-level interventions have focused on increasing the uptake of bystander CPR, but their effect on outcomes is unknown.
Fear of making a mistake should not be an impediment — Good Samaritan laws in every state and the federal Cardiac Arrest Survival Act help to minimize a lay rescuer’s liability. The alternative is standing by helplessly and watching someone die while you await the arrival of emergency medical personnel.
Based on currently available evidence, the findings of this meta-analysis suggest that BCPR increases the survival of OHCAs, and it also help OHCAs whose initial rhythm is shockable. That is to say BCPR is also helpful when emergency department response time is short. Therefore global priority should be given to increasing the incidence of BCPR by evidence-based best practice.
Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) is one of the leading causes of death around the world. Bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is an independent factor to improve OHCA survival. However, the prevalence of bystander CPR remains low worldwide.
"When the cardiac arrest occurs outside of a hospital setting, the survival rate ranges from 2% to 15%," says Dr. Kei Ouchi, an emergency physician at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital.
What if the bystander was a smartphone or a digital assistant...
One of the major reasons contributing to dismal survival rates in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) is the lack of bystander initiated cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Even though the majority of OHCA is witnessed, only 1 in 5 patients will receive bystander initiated CPR.
A movement to raise awareness of the millions of women who die from heart disease. A movement to change the way we teach. A movement that could save women's lives. It is our ambition that by the end of 2020 every CPR training school in the country has a Womanikin attachment and thousands of people will have been instructed on how to assist a woman who has gone into cardiac arrest.
National Two Step CPR is an annual event aimed at engaging the public and educating them on the benefits of compressions-only/hands-only CPR. Since inception, this project has trained over 22,000 in proper compressions-only CPR technique, with the help of 700 medical students each year.