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Emergency Department Management of Rib Fractures (Trauma CME)

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  • Within trauma literature, rib fractures are recognized as indicators of poor prognosis, particularly in elderly patients, patients with pathologic fractures, and patients with impending or ongoing respiratory failure as a result of their injury.
  • Generally, injuries to ribs 1-3 suggest a higher-energy mechanism, because there is increased bone density and structural support.
  • Most rib injuries from trauma occur in a midaxillary or posteroaxillary location.
  • Stress fractures can occur in young and healthy patients from repetitive, low-impact exercise.
  • Even minimal displacement from rib fractures can be associated with other injuries (lung, mediastinum, abdominal structures), and careful evaluation should be performed.
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Publication Information

Patrick Maher, MD, MS

Peer Reviewed By

Whitney Bryant, MD, MPH, MEd; Drew Clare, MD

Publication Date

November 1, 2021

CME Expiration Date

November 1, 2024    CME Information

CME Credits

4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, 4 ACEP Category I Credits, 4 AAFP Prescribed Credits, 4 AOA Category 2-A or 2-B Credits.
Specialty CME Credits: Included as part of the 4 credits, this CME activity is eligible for 4 Trauma CME credits

Pub Med ID: 34669317

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