J Trauma Acute Care Surg 2021 03;90(3):451-458
From the Department of Surgery (J.C., L.T., D.A.S., J.D.F.), Division of General Surgery, Department of Epidemiology and Population Health (J.C.), Surgeons Writing About Trauma (J.C., B.M., R.T., L.T., D.A.S., J.D.F.), and School of Medicine (B.M., R.T.), Stanford University, Stanford, California; Department of Surgery, Chulalongkorn University (W.L.), Bangkok, Thailand; and Stanford Health Policy (J.A.S., J.D.G.-F.), Centers for Health Policy and Primary Care and Outcomes Research, Stanford University, Stanford, California.
Background: Surgical stabilization of rib fracture (SSRF) is increasingly used to manage patients with rib fractures. Benefits of performing SSRF appear variable, and the procedure is costly, necessitating cost-effectiveness analysis for distinct subgroups. We aimed to assess the cost-effectiveness of SSRF versus nonoperative management among patients with rib fractures younger than 65 years versus 65 years or older, with versus without flail chest. Read More