An new study has shown that where you live may affect your chance of receiving CPR from a bystander. The study published in the New England Journal Of Medicine found that rates of CPR can differ dramatically between neighbourhoods.
The results showed that a person is more likely to receive the life saving CPR in a high income area compared to a low income area. Additionally, the American study also showed higher rates of bystander CPR in majority white neighbourhoods compared to majority black neighbourhoods.
The researches believe that a mix of social and economic factors may account for the disparities in CPR rates (NYTimes). The low rate of bystander CPR may be caused by social factors such as higher rates of drug use and violence as well as economic factors that mean lower levels of First Aid training within the community.