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