Do Racial Elements Explain Why Black and Latino Children Receive Far Less CPR in Life Threatening Situations?

Jul 11, 2019 | Cardiac Arrest, CPR, Ethnicity and Race, Social Determinants of Health

Do Racial Elements Explain Why Black and Latino Children Receive Far Less CPR in Life-Threatening Situations?

Black kids in poor neighborhoods are half as likely to receive CPR. Whether it is due to racial issues or simply a lack of trained people to deliver CPR, it is inexcusable, reports a study led by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

Already we know that in poor black communities with American environmental conditions, such as air and led, not to mention particulate matter, etc. health conditions can worsen. It comes as a real surprise that a Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia-led study found that when suffering cardiac arrest, kids in majority blacks communities with high levels of unemployment and poverty are 41% less likely than white kids to get bystander CPR. The study was reported in the American Heart Association.

Racial Element?

Although lack of CPR training may be at fault, this new study reveals that Hispanic kids are 33% less likely than white kids to receive bystander CPR—further suggesting a racial aspect in the chance for receiving the potentially life-saving care. Lead researcher Maryam Naim, a pediatric cardiac intensive care physician at CHIPS and study lead investigator, noted that “We believe this is the first study to describe the possible role of racial and sociodemographic factors in provision of bystander CPR to pediatric arrest in the United States.”


We often communicate in this media that health care is as social as much as it is scientific and medical. We certainly desire that all children—regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic status, etc. receive the same great care. We understand that life isn’t always fair and that we live in a dynamic, market-driven economy, but let’s make sure we advocate for all of our children to have the best chance to make it to a successful and happy adult life.

Lead Research/Investigator

Dr. Maryam Naim  


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