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CPR – Rib Fracture

Rib Fracture: While performing CPR, rib fracture is common. You may feel ribs break, feel or hear bone rubbing on bone, or see free floating ribs on the victims chest. Chest compressions should continue without delay or modification. If the person survives the cardiac arrest their ribs will heal. Saving their life out weighs the risk of rib fracture.

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  1. CPR – Checking for a Pulse at First Aid: Online First Aid and CPR Information by First Aid Reference – First Aid Guide says:

    [...] a person is unresponsive, has a pulse, and CPR is performed: no ill effect (other than rib fracture) or cardiovascular damage will occur. Therefore, always err on the side that the victim is [...]

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