What are complications of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)?

Updated: Sep 15, 2020
  • Author: Catharine A Bon, MD; Chief Editor: Kirsten A Bechtel, MD  more...
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Complications of CPR include the following:

  • Fractures of ribs or the sternum from chest compression (widely considered uncommon)

  • Gastric insufflation from artificial respiration using noninvasive ventilation methods (eg, mouth-to-mouth, BVM); this can lead to vomiting, with further airway compromise or aspiration; insertion of an invasive airway (eg, endotracheal tube) prevents this problem

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