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Special TRAUMA Grand Rounds: Rib Fixation After Blunt Trauma
August 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PDT
Michael E. Lekawa, MD, FACS
Many studies show that treatment of rib fractures with operative fixation reduces ventilator requirements, intensive care unit stay, and length of hospital stay, pain medication requirements & pulmonary complications. Rib fractures are among the most common traumatic injury of patients who suffer blunt (car accidents, falls, and assault) and penetrating (gunshot) injuries. This session will review the current evidence and provide proposed indications based on best available evident and current expert opinion.
- Recognize patterns of rib trauma, including fracture classification
- Distinguish between common imaging pitfalls (e.g., non-traumatic mimics)
- Identify Common complications and integrate basic principles of management