Episode 63 – Rib Fracture- An Interview with Dr. Patrick Maher

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Episode 63 – Rib Fracture- An Interview with Dr. Patrick Maher

EMplify – November 2021


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Emergency Department Management of Rib Fractures

Author: Patrick Maher, MD

Episode Outline:

  • Why rib fractures?
  • Anatomy
  • Fig 1
  • Pre-hospital
  • ED evaluation
  • History 
  • Physical Exam
  • Imaging
  • Nexus Chest Decision Instrument in Blunt Trauma
  • ACR criteria for imaging
  • CT vs xray
  • Ultrasound 
  • Treatment
  • Meds
  • Binders
  • Kinesiotaping – Fig 4
  • Respiratory support
  • Operative fixation
  • Special Populations
  • Elderly
  • Cancer patients
  • Pediatrics
  • Disposition
  • Battle Score
  • Rib Score
  • FVC 

Last Updated on January 25, 2023

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