‘Womanikin’ created to help normalize CPR for women

Image by Usowomen via Instagram and womanikin.org
  • A new product has been created with the goal to save more women’s lives
  • The product – Womanikin – is an attachment for flat-chested CPR dummies
  • The Womanikin won’t solve everything, but it’s a step in the right direction

Women, according to a study, are 27 percent less likely than men to receive CPR in case of emergency in public.

In order to break this trend, a new product has been created with the goal to save more women’s lives.

According to a report, JOAN Creative, a New York ad agency, along with the organization United State of Women created the Womanikin — an attachment for flat-chested CPR dummies.

Image by Usowomen via Instagram

All CPR mannequins are designed with only a man’s chest which has probably limited the practice to conduct CPR to women, researchers said.

The so-called “Womanikin” has been created in an attempt to “normalize performing CPR on women” as it has been claimed that bystanders are hesitant to touch the chest of a woman during emergencies.

“The vast majority of us learn on a flat-chested torso. This universal attachment will change that,” JOAN co-founder and chief creative officer Jaime Robinson told CNN.

“The Womanikin won’t solve everything, but it’s a step in the right direction,” Robinson added.

According to CNN, “Robinson’s team wanted to create a product that is easy to replicate so instructors and schools can adopt it in CPR training classes.”

Womanikin builder’s toolkit can be downloaded online for everyone to use as they construct their own.

Robinson furthered that by using the Womanikin, they aim to start a discussion on the issue in a bid to save more lives.

“It’s out of the ordinary, so people talk about it. Creating awareness so people act when they have to is our primary goal,” Robinson said.