Too few Americans can do CPR in the most needy areas

Bystander CPR doubles the likelihood of a person surviving cardiac arrest outside of hospital but rates of bystander CPR vary from 10% to 65% across the country, researchers said.

In a study conducted over a period of one year, 13.1 million Americans received CPR training from the three major providers, the researchers said.

However, the communities most in need of training due to high heart disease mortality rates were the least likely to receive it.

JAMA Intern Med 2013; online 18 Nov