Women and CPR – level 3
A 2017 study found that American and Canadian women were 27% less likely to receive CPR in public than men.
The JOAN Creative agency thought that the statistic came because people were not trained on women’s bodies and were not sure about touching women’s breasts during CPR, so they created an attachment for flat-chested CPR dummies. The attachment is called the Womanikin, and it basically adds breasts onto the male dummy.
The creator told CNN that ‘the Womanikin won’t solve everything, but it’s a step in the right direction’ and people hope to make it available for CPR classes across the USA by the end of next year. Hopefully, it will make a difference and more women who suffer cardiac arrest in public will be saved.
Difficult words: CPR (short for cardiopulmonary resuscitation – massaging somebody’s heart and breathing into their mouth), attachment (an extra part), dummy (a model of a person), cardiac arrest (when someone’s heart stops beating).
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