Broke 12 ribs while performing CPR, drugstore owner won support

Many people asked me if we will break ribs when performing CPR. To be frank, after decades in first aid, I have never performed CPR on a real person in need. However, I have heard of accounts that ribs may break as the external chest compressions need some force.

The question is, do we want the victim alive with broken ribs or we want the victim dead by not doing anything? As a first responder, we always seek ways to safe the victims first.

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