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Are lower survival rates among men who have had an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in the home primarily due to female-witnessed arrest and poorer bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation quality?
  1. Eric M Rottenberg
  1. Correspondence to Eric M Rottenberg, AAS 301B Fenway Road, Columbus, OH 43214, USA; rottenberg.1{at}

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To the Editor Adielsson and colleagues1 conducted a study of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) to identify the strong predictors of survival among witnessed arrests with shockable arrhythmias of presumed cardiac aetiology. They concluded that female gender, OHCA outside the home, bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and a shorter delay from collapse to defibrillation were all strongly associated with increased early and late survival. They postulated that when in-home bystanders are men (spouses), chest compressions might be more effective (deep …

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