The 2018 American Heart Associationâ€™sÂ Resuscitation Science Symposium determinedÂ that women are 27 percent less likely to receive CPR from a bystanderÂ because of the misconception that breasts make it â€œmore challengingâ€ and worries about inappropriate touching in the #MeToo era.
The good news is that technology has caught up! We are happy to introduce you to theÂ Womanikin!Â Yes they are putting boobs on CPR mannequins! Studies have shown that men are more likely toÂ receive life-saving interventionÂ than women since they are flat chested.
By having a variety of mannequins that differentiate between genders gives students a chance to practice different scenarios.Â CPR is traditionally taught on flat-chested dummies, people donâ€™t know how to handle women in dire circumstances: Is it inappropriate to touch their breasts? Does it count as sexual assault?
It is important to realize that CPR is lifesaving and should be rendered to collapsed individuals regardless of gender, race or ethnicity,â€ says lead study author Dr. Sarah M. Perman, assistant professor of emergency medicine at the University of Colorado. The Womanikin website provides female-specific instructions on how to give CPR: â€œYes, this will mean you are touching her left breast. Donâ€™t worry. You might save her life.â€
The Womanikin teamâ€™s goal is to close the gender gap by encouraging the public to go tit for tat when helping those who collapse in public. The product is a fabric sleeve with breasts that slips over traditional flat-chested CPR mannequins. In a three-way partnership among the United State of Women, NYC-based ad agency Joan Creative and Frontline Health, the Womanikin team wants its product in use by every CPR training school in the country.
The Womanikin design is nowÂ available for downloadÂ in a free â€œBuilderâ€™s Toolkit,â€ for anyone who wants to create their own.
Why Go Red?Â Cardiovascular disease in the U.S. kill approximately one woman every 80 seconds. The good news is that 80 percent of cardiac events may be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. Support Go Red For Women by participating in National Wear Red DayÂ® onÂ Friday, February 2, 2018Â andÂ donateÂ to help fund research during American HeartÂ Month.
Go Red For Women is a movement that starts with you. Lead by example and make the time to â€œKnow Your Numbers.â€ Itâ€™s knowledge that could save your life.Â Five numbers, that all women should know to take control of their heart health are: Total Cholesterol, HDL (good) Cholesterol, Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar and Body Mass Index (BMI). Knowing these numbers can help women and their healthcare provider determine their risk for developing cardiovascular diseases. Itâ€™s time for all women to learn the most critical numbers in their life â€” their hearts depend on it.
In November 2017, Apple launched a Heart Study using the Apple Watchâ€™s heart rate sensor to collect data on irregular heart rhythms and notify users who may be experiencing atrial fibrillation
â€œEvery week we receive incredible customer letters about how Apple Watch has affected their lives, including learning that they have AFib. These stories inspire us and we’re determined to do more to help people understand their health,â€ said Jeff Williams, Appleâ€™s COO. â€œWorking alongside the medical community, not only can we inform people of certain health conditions, we also hope to advance discoveries in heart science.â€
Apple is partnering with Stanford Medicine to perform the research. As part of the study, if an irregular heart rhythm is identified, participants will receive a notification on their Apple Watch and iPhone, a free consultation with a study doctor and an electrocardiogram (ECG) patch for additional monitoring. The Apple Heart Study app is available in the US App Store to customers who are 22 years or older and have an Apple Watch Series 1 or later.
The first minutes after an accident are critical and essential to provide the right care to prevent escalation. Speeding up emergency response can prevent deaths and accelerate recovery dramatically. This is notably true for heart failure, drowning, traumas and respiratory issues. Lifesaving technologies such as an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), medication, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) aids can be designed compact enough to be carried by a drone.
American Heart Association (AHA) is now accepting grant applications specifically for cardiac arrest and resuscitation with deadlines starting July 26, 2016 and running through August 16, 2016. This is a tremendous opportunity to advance research in cardiac arrest and resuscitation. Grants range in amounts from $51,000 to $231,000 and will be awarded in two major science classifications:
Clinical Science and Population/Health Services
The knowledge that we learn and the skills that we practice in CPR class is not possible without the tremendous effort of many scientists and researchers out there. Head over to the American Hear Association web site to learn more about their cardiac arrest and resuscitation grants.