Acute mortality associated with injuries to the pelvic ring: the role of early patient mobilization and external fixation.

@article{Riemer1993AcuteMA,
  title={Acute mortality associated with injuries to the pelvic ring: the role of early patient mobilization and external fixation.},
  author={Barry L. Riemer and Spencer L. Butterfield and Daniel L. Diamond and Joseph C. Young and John J. Raves and E C Cottington and K Kislan},
  journal={The Journal of trauma},
  year={1993},
  volume={35 5},
  pages={671-5; discussion 676-7}
}
PURPOSE To analyze the effect on mortality of a protocol for early mobilization with external fixation of patients with pelvic ring injuries. METHODS From 1981 through 1988, 605 patients with pelvic ring fractures and dislocations were treated. In 1982, a protocol for early external fixation of hemodynamically unstable patients and those with structurally unstable pelvic fracture patterns to achieve early mobilization to an upright chest position was initiated. Mortality rates were compared… CONTINUE READING