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how would you give cpr to someone who may have a broken neck?

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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 there are techniques to administer CPR without moving the neck. This is discussed in every basic life support course which is a great thing to take.
Dr. Mark Gujer md fasa
Anesthesiology 26 years experience
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. Do compression only CPR until ems rescue arrives.
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
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 the question of a broken neck irrelevant. If 2 people are present and there is concern for a neck / spine injury, one person can stabilize the head while the other performs chest compressions but regardless, CPR should be performed.
Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 34 years experience
Yes: Contrary to normal CPR do not lean head backwards.

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