Operative chest wall stabilization in flail chest--outcomes of patients with or without pulmonary contusion.

@article{Voggenreiter1998OperativeCW,
  title={Operative chest wall stabilization in flail chest--outcomes of patients with or without pulmonary contusion.},
  author={Gregor Voggenreiter and Friedrich Neudeck and Michael Aufmkolk and Udo Obertacke and K.-P. Schmit-Neuerburg},
  journal={Journal of the American College of Surgeons},
  year={1998},
  volume={187 2},
  pages={130-8}
}
BACKGROUND The aim of operative chest wall stabilization in patients with flail chest and respiratory insufficiency is to reduce ventilator time and avoid ventilator associated complications. The purpose of this retrospective study was to analyze the indications and outcomes of operative chest wall stabilization in defined groups of patients sustaining flail chest with and without pulmonary contusion. METHODS The hospital records of 405 patients with multiple trauma (Injury Severity Score… CONTINUE READING

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