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Sunday, April 10, 2022

Rib Fractures

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EM@3AM - April 9, 2022 - By Seth Cohen; Joshua Kern
Reviewed by: Alex Koyfman and Brit Long
Key Points: 
  • Rib fractures can have serious complications including hemo/pneumothorax, aortic injury, and splenic/liver lacerations
  • Adults, especially elderly patients, have a high risk of complications with rib fractures
  • Evaluate with a chest x-ray. Follow up with a CT if there is suspicion for any chest/abdomen injuries that would require a change in management
  • Reinforce the importance of an incentive spirometer and appropriate analgesia