How do you do CPR on a patient with existing rib fractures?

A health care provider needs to CPR on his patient who already has a fractured rib. Please advise..

Authored By Farah Shamsudin on Wednesday 30th January 2013

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Christopher Wearmouth
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Medical Student - Kings College London
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Posted over 7 years ago

No difference whatsoever. If you don't do CPR the patient is dead. If they live to complain about the fact that you have hurt their injured rib then you should feel complimented

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Sarandos Kaptanis
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Core / Specialist / Gp Trainee - Mayday University Hospital
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Posted over 7 years ago

There is no difference. There is no difference even when the sternum has been reconstructed. The most common complication of rib fractures is pain; the value of restoring circulation outweighs the risks. Chest compressions should be the same, aiming to

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Jim McHugh
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Posted over 7 years ago

Do CPR as normal, just as you wold if fracture occurred during CPR.

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Yasir L
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Posted over 7 years ago

You are advised to perform BLS with or without pre-existing rib fractures. It's important to note that even if rib fractures occur as a result of chest compressions, you are advised to continue performing CPR. As from medicolegal perspective, you a

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