Better chance of CPR in Chinatown and Richmond, UBC study finds

A new University of British Columbia study finds the chance of surviving an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in Metro Vancouver depends on where the incident takes place.

Lead researcher Dr. David Barbic, UBC professor and emergency department physician at St. Paul's Hospital, said the chances of surviving an incident like this is low — about 15 per cent — but increases if a patient receives CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation).

Barbic said the study found neighbourhoods with a larger proportion of ethnic Chinese residents — such as Richmond and Chinatown — tended had to have a higher percentage of bystanders who performed CPR.

Roshini Nair reports

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