Western trauma association critical decisions in trauma: Management of rib fractures

Karen J. Brasel, Ernest E. Moore, Roxie A. Albrecht, Marc De Moya, Martin Schreiber, Riyad Karmy-Jones, Susan Rowell, Nicholas Namias, Mitchell Cohen, David V. Shatz, Walter L. Biffl

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    This is a recommended management algorithm from the Western Trauma Association addressing the management of adult patients with rib fractures. Because there is a paucity of published prospective randomized clinical trials that have generated Class I data, these recommendations are based primarily on published observational studies and expert opinion of Western Trauma Associationmembers. The algorithmand accompanying comments represent a safe and sensible approach that can be followed at most trauma centers.We recognize that there will be patient, personnel, institutional, and situational factors that may warrant or require deviation from the recommended algorithm.We encourage institutions to use this as a guideline to develop their own local protocols. (J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2017;82: 200-203.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)200-203
    Number of pages4
    JournalJournal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2017


    • Algorithm
    • Elderly
    • Pain control
    • Rib fracture

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Surgery
    • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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