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.
- Pain control
- Rib fracture
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine