[Education] UMEM Educational Pearl: Geriatrics
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Sun Mar 20 23:23:38 EDT 2011
I'm re-sending this with the reference.
Title: rib fractures in elderly patients
Author: Amal Mattu
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Rib fractures are associated with significant morbidity and mortality in the elderly, and the risk increases dramatically with each successive rib fractured. An elderly patient with 3 rib fractures has a mortality of 20% and risk of pneumonia is 31%. As a general rule, you should really think twice about discharging home any elderly patients with rib fractures.
[credit to Dr. Joe Martinez for bringing forth this information] References
Bulger EM, Arneson MA, Mock CN , et al. Rib fractures in the elderly. J Trauma 2000;48:1040-1046.
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