Study: Black and Hispanic adults less likely than White adults to receive bystander CPR during cardiac arrest

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A new study found Black and Hispanic people are less likely than white people to receive CPR from a bystander.

Researchers analyzed data from the national cardiac arrest registry to enhance survival.

They looked at the race and ethnicities of more than 110,000 people in the U.S. who suffered cardiac arrest outside of a hospital.

They did not have race data for the bystanders.

The researchers found more than 45% of Black Americans and Hispanic Americans received bystander CPR when cardiac arrests happened in public locations compared with 60% of White Americans. 

The study’s findings suggest these differences in how likely someone is to receive potentially lifesaving CPR from a bystander contribute to how Black people may be less likely to survive an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

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