J Trauma Acute Care Surg 2021 May;90(5):769-775
From the Department of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery (J.D.B., A.D.K., T.J.S.), University of Colorado Health Memorial Hospital, Colorado Springs; Department of Surgery (J.D.B., A.D.K., T.J.S.), University of Colorado, Aurora; and Department of Pharmacy (L.P.C., A.A.D., E.W.B.), University of Colorado Health Memorial Hospital, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Background: Predicting rib fracture patients that will require higher-level care is a challenge during patient triage. Percentage of predicted forced vital capacity (FVC%) incorporates patient-specific factors to customize the measurements to each patient. A single institution transitioned from a clinical practice guideline (CPG) using absolute forced vital capacity (FVC) to one using FVC% to improve triage of rib fracture patients. Read More