Surgical rib fixation vs. conservative treatment of polytrauma patients with flail chest
A Randomized Controlled Trial of Surgical Rib Fixation in Polytrauma Patients With Flail ChestJ Surg Res. 2019 Oct;242:223-230.
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53 polytraumatic patients were randomized to receive surgical rib fixation or conservative treatment for the treatment of flail chest. Outcomes of interest included length of stay outcomes, the incidence of adverse events, mechanical ventilation, and pain at rest, during coughing and during deep breathing. Study results revealed surgical treatment of flail chest to result in less time on mechanica...
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