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A Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Complication 

A Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Complication
A Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Complication

John C. O’Horo

, Sumedh S. Hoskote

, and Hiroshi Sekiguchi

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date: 27 February 2021

Rib fracture is seen in approximately 30% of patients (1). Other thoracic and pulmonary injuries include pulmonary bone marrow or fat emboli (in 19% of patients), sternum fracture (in 15%), aspiration (in 11%), and mediastinal bleeding (in 10%). Common cardiovascular injuries include coronary artery rupture or laceration and pericardial injuries. In an autopsy series, an evident pneumothorax was seen in 3% of nonsurvivors, but the actual pneumothorax rate is likely higher.

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