Pilot study of operative fixation of fractured ribs in patients with flail chest.


BACKGROUND Flail chest is a serious injury in trauma with a significant mortality rate, and long-term pain and disability. Traditionally, management has consisted of internal pneumatic splinting, leading to prolonged periods of mechanical ventilation, and its attendant complications. The aim of this study was to assess the safety of operative fixation of… (More)
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.2009.05104.x


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