The findings from an oral presentation to which two regular members of RRISIQ contributed, Ms. Tanya Mailhot, RN, Ph.D., and Mr. Patrick Lavoie, RN, Ph.D., have been the subject of a press release circulated in over 600 newspapers worldwide! The presentation occurred at the European Emergency Medicine (EUSEM) Congress 2023 on September 18th in Barcelona (Spain). It was presented by Ms. Sylvie Cossette, RN, Ph.D., scientific co-director of RRISIQ from 2012 to 2020 and editor-in-chief of the journal Science of Nursing and Health Practices / Science infirmière et pratiques en santé from 2020 to 2022.

Titled "Do age and location affect whether bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation is provided to women experiencing an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest?", the authors found that women are at a higher risk than men of not receiving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) during a cardiac arrest in a public place, regardless of their age. The authors hypothesize that bystanders' fears of having to touch a woman's chest and that such action might be interpreted as inappropriate touching could explain this finding. The authors suggest that further studies are needed to understand better the mechanisms and barriers to offering CPR in public places by bystanders.

The results of this study were obtained using data collected in Canada and the United States between 2005 and 2025, encompassing 39,391 individuals.

RRISIQ would therefore like to congratulate Ms. Mailhot, Mr. Lavoie, Ms. Cossette and their colleagues for the remarkable contribution of their work, which has captured the attention of the international press!

To access the press release, click here.

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To access the article published in The Independent, click here.

Mandated disclaimer from the database registry: This work is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute or National Institutes of Health or any of the other stated funding agencies.

Funding: Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal: the chief of the lab Dr Alexis Cournoyer (research funding and overall responsibility of the study), and the Montreal Heart Institute research center (presentation at the EUSEM Congress funding).

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