Managing Pain in Elderly Rib Fracture Patients (>65 years)

Managing Pain in Elderly Rib Fracture Patients (>65 years) - #9

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Review an algorithm for pain management of rib fractures.

Hospitalized elderly patients with rib fractures.

Implement an effective pain management protocol for elderly patients hospitalized with rib fractures.

  1. Explain the underlying etiology of acute rib fracture pain in elderly patients.
  2. List pulmonary complications which may result from poor pain management.
  3. Apply the “Pain Plan” for elderly rib fracture patients correctly in patient care.
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This GFF ___ my competence in geriatrics.

Jeremy Juern MD, John Petronovich, Travis Webb, MD, Kathryn Denson MD, Bambi Wessel

Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.