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

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Dr. Vasu Brown
Wound care
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Contrary to normal CPR do not lean head backwards.

In brief: Yes

Contrary to normal CPR do not lean head backwards.
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Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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