Forensic aspects of complications resulting from cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

  title={Forensic aspects of complications resulting from cardiopulmonary resuscitation.},
  author={Yoshiaki Hashimoto and Fumio Moriya and Junichi Furumiya},
  journal={Legal medicine},
  volume={9 2},
While cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can save lives, it can also injure patients. As a result, forensic pathologists often see CPR-related injuries during autopsies that are unrelated to the patients' primary cause of death. Therefore, pathologists must be able to distinguish between CPR-related injuries and those caused by other factors, such as assaults or accidental violence. This distinction is complicated because even therapeutically unimportant injuries can have forensic significance… CONTINUE READING