J Trauma Acute Care Surg 2022 Jan 25. Epub 2022 Jan 25.
Cardiothoracic Surgery Unit, The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Australia Department of Surgery, Monash University, Australia Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Research Centre, Department of Epidemiology & Preventative Medicine, Monash University, Australia Department of Traumatology, John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle, NSW, Australia Discipline of Surgery, University of Newcastle, Australia National Trauma Research Institute, Melbourne, Australia Trauma Service, The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Australia Trauma Service, Gold Coast University Hospital, Queensland, Australia School of Medicine, Griffith University, Southport, Australia Trauma Service, Westmead Hospital, Westmead, Australia Westmead Clinical School, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney, Australia.
Background: The aim of this study was to assess pain and Quality of Life (QoL) outcomes in patients with multiple painful displaced fractured ribs with and without operative fixation. Rib fractures are common and can lead to significant pain and disability. There is minimal level 1 evidence for rib fixation in non-ventilator dependent patients with chest wall injuries. Read More