Published Online: 1 July 1974
Page Count: 9
Pathologist, San Joaquin General Hospital, Stockton, Calif.
(Received 14 October 1973; accepted 3 January 1974)
Resuscitation maneuvers (including positive-pressure ventilation and closed chest cardiac massage) may be complicated by the formation of pneumothorax (PT), mediastinal emphysema (ME), or subcutaneous emphysema (SCE) [1–4]. Proposed mechanisms of these untoward effects have included overinflation [2–5], violent inspiratory efforts during inflation , pulmonary parenchymal laceration due to rib fractures , and perforation of air passages during intracardiac injections .
Paper ID: JFS10209J