Management of Rib fracture
Rib fractures are common injuries. Whilst the pain from a single rib fracture is usually quite easy to control, the significant pain associated with multiple rib fractures is much more difficult to manage. Multiple rib fractures are also usually associated with other injuries. Severe acute pain following multiple rib fractures can lead to complications such as chest infection due to inability to deep breathe and cough, increased length of stay and, therefore, increased health care expenditure.