It is generally recognized that lives are saved by administering high-quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to patients in cardiac arrest. A focused assessment with sonography for trauma (FAST) examination is an effective and non-invasive method for detecting rare complications of CPR, such as hemorrhage from abdominal visceral injury. We report the case of a 56-year-old female suffering from intra-abdominal hemorrhage caused by a liver laceration following CPR. The hemoperitoneum was diagnosed by a FAST examination. Although severe complications of CPR are rare, they can be easily detected with the use of a FAST examination. A FAST examination should be considered as a post-resuscitation approach to assess for life-threatening complications in all patients following cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
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Liu, N., Roth, K. R., Nesbit, D. A., Giordano, J. R., Stirparo, J. J., & Miller, A. H. (2021). Hemoperitoneum identified by focused assessment with sonography for trauma following cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Radiology Case Reports, 16(12), 3987–3989. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.radcr.2021.09.046
Emergency Medicine | Surgery
Department of Emergency Medicine, Department of Surgery