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Rib Fracture Management Algorithm for the Traumatically Injured, Non-intubated Patient

  • Walter Biffl
  • Frank Zhao
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Abstract

The goal of this algorithm is to recognize patients who are high risk for respiratory compromise and guide analgesia, pulmonary support, and clinical monitoring. Implementation of a structured rib fracture management algorithm has been shown to decrease ICU and hospital lengths of stay, pneumonia, and mortality.

Keywords

Rib fracture management algorithm Traumatic injury algorithm Morbidities of traumatic rib fractures Severity of injury in rib fractures Rib fracture-associated infectious morbidity Flail chest injuries 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Taruma and Acute Care SurgeryScripps Memorial HospitalLa JollaUSA
  2. 2.Scripps Memorial HospitalLa JollaUSA
  3. 3.Acute Care SurgeryThe Queen’s Medical CenterHonoluluUSA
  4. 4.Department of SurgeryJohn A. Burns School of Medicine, University of HawaiiHonoluluUSA

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