Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is known as 'the kiss of life,' yet this life-saving technique involves much more than mouth-to-mouth rescue breathing.
For instance, when someone experiences a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), not only might the individual stop breathing, but the heart may stop beating as well. In this case, the first course of action for saving a life would be to remove all clothing and perform chest compressions. This will immediately force oxygen-carrying blood into the brain and to other vital organs.
If it is warranted, a rescuer might additionally attempt resuscitation by using an automated external defibrillator (AED) to shock the heart into beating. Proper placement of the AED's electrodes requires the chest area to be completely free of obstacles. This includes the removal of medication patches and upper body undergarments.
However, empirical evidence shows that there is a degree of reluctance in persons to remove all clothing from a female patient during resuscitation efforts. This might even occur during simulation-based training events.
Whether the underlying reason is borne out of respect for the female, reactions to sensibilities relating to modesty and embarrassment, or due to some other socio-cultural inhibition regarding the female body, the end result is the same: Improperly administered CPR.
A Female Simulator for Realistic CPR Training