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protocol 1.175 : Trauma Rib Fracture

Rib fractures are the most common injury sustained following blunt trauma. As the number of fractured ribs increases, there is an exponential increase in morbidity and mortality. Significant morbidity is often the result of hypoventilation leading to atelectasis, pneumonia and respiratory failure. Pain management is recognized as an important factor in preventing these complications. This protocol will utilize catheters placed extrathoracically in the paraspinous space to create a continuous intercostal nerve block for pain management.

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