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  • Writer's pictureDr. Steven Horwitz

Gender Disparities Among Adult Recipients of Bystander Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation in the Public


  • Bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (BCPR) improves survival from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, yet BCPR rates are low.

  • It is unknown whether BCPR delivery disparities exist based on victim gender.


  • Analyzing data from the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (n=19 331), layperson BCPR was administered in 37% of events; males had an increased likelihood of receiving BCPR compared with females in public locations (odds ratio, 1.27; 95% CI, 1.05–1.53; P=0.01). Furthermore, males had a 23% increased odds of survival compared with females (odds ratio, 1.23; 95% CI, 1.12–1.36; P<0.01).

  • These findings identify an important gender disparity in the public response to cardiac arrest and delivery of CPR, a crucial factor that is linked to survival outcomes.

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