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Can you give CPR to someone who may have a broken neck

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Dr. Luke Hermann
25 years experience Emergency Medicine
Yes: If someone needs cpr, they need it because their heart is not beating effectively. In this situation, without CPR they will die within minutes making ... Read More
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Dr. Vasu Brown
34 years experience Integrative Medicine
Yes: Contrary to normal CPR do not lean head backwards.

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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
27 years experience Neurosurgery
Hold neck still: You put one hand on either side of the head to stabilize the cervical spine, and proceed with cpr. The chest compressions are more important than the ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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See below: In someone with no pulse and no breathing, CPR takes priority over everything else, otherwise the person will die. If you suspect trauma to the neck t ... Read More
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Dr. Mark Gujer
26 years experience Anesthesiology
If you have help: Have a second person merely place their hands on both sides of the victims head from the head end to stabilize the head and neck until help arrives. D ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Dowling
40 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Yes unless : As long as there is no neurologic deficit from the fracture which would have to be at such a high level leading to a complete paralysis or it is at a ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
52 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Yes: A broken neck is really a fracture of one or vertebra of the cervical spine. Once it is stabilized by surgery or allowed to heal on its on, if there i ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
27 years experience Neurosurgery
Not much: Excessive exercise is a bad idea with a broken neck. A slip, trip, or fall can cause paralysis. If the collar is in place and the patient has no neu ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
27 years experience Neurosurgery
Cervical nerves: Paralysis of the diaphragm- the muscle to breathe gets it's innervation from the upper spinal cord through cervical nerves 2, 3, and 4. So fracturing ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
29 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Varies: Varies a lot based upon the nature of the fracture and the nature if the surgery. In general, the surgery is done either through the front or back of ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Wasser
35 years experience Addiction Medicine
No: But what drugs are you taking? They may cause phenomena.
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Amogh Sahai
20 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Several months: I am assuming this happened as a result of trauma. The most important thing is to rule out cord compromise by MRI or CT scan which would require imme ... Read More
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