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How can you give cpr to someone who may have a broken neck/back?
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Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery
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In brief: 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 respirations but hold the neck in the midline and stabilize the spine while doing CPR unless the neck is not centered- do not attempt to center the neck if it appears dislocated.
Just keep it immobile.

In brief: 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 respirations but hold the neck in the midline and stabilize the spine while doing CPR unless the neck is not centered- do not attempt to center the neck if it appears dislocated.
Just keep it immobile.
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