Rib Fractures and Flail Chest


Rib fractures Flail Chest


10% of all multitraumas




Alters mechanics of ventilation / causes respiratory compromise

- significant morbidity 33%

- significant mortality 12%


Surgical Fixation


Rib Fracture Plates


Swart et al J Orthop Trauma 2017

- meta-analysis of surgical fixation

- decreased mortality

- decrease mechanical ventilation times

- decreased ICU and hospital sty

- decreased rates of pneumonia and tracheostomy