It appears that the average American is becoming too squeamish for heroism.
Emergency Medicine specialist Dr. Benjamin Abella who is also clinical research director for the Center for Resuscitation Science at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia tells Reuters Health:
People fail to learn or administer CPR for many reasons -- fear of infectious disease, fear of litigation and fear of not doing it right, Abella said. Proper training can overcome all these fears.
"Woefully inadequate" is the official sentiment expressed by The American Heart Association regarding the very low 15% to 30% of heart attack victims who are receiving potentially life-saving assistance from bystanders.
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Dr. Benjamin Abella's areas of special interest include apoptosis, cardiac arrest, cardio pulmonary resuscitation, free radical production, and post-resuscitation injury. He practices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.