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KneePR-Substantial Injuries Caused by Unorthodox Resuscitation Technique

Peterson, Brian L. MD*; Rossi, Kimberly†

American Journal of Forensic Medicine & Pathology:
doi: 10.1097/PAF.0b013e3181d3dc69
Case Reports

We report a case of cardiopulmonary resuscitation involving chest compressions performed with the rescuer's knee. The substantial injuries caused by this unorthodox technique could have been mistaken for the cause of death were it not for careful scene investigation and documentation.

Author Information

From the *Department of Pathology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI; and †Kenosha County Medical Examiner's Office, Kenosha, WI.

Manuscript received April 6, 2009; accepted June 11, 2009.

The authors report no conflicts of interest.

Reprints: Brian L. Peterson, MD, Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office, 933 West Highland Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53233. E-mail:

© 2011 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.