Article Abstract

Chest wall stabilization with rib plating after cardiopulmonary resuscitation

Authors: Andrew Drahos, Michael Fitzgerald, Dennis Ashley, D. Benjamin Christie III

Abstract

Rib fractures are common injuries sustained after chest compressions during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for cardiac arrest (1). Chest wall instability secondary to these fractures can complicate management, especially in an already physiologically fragile patient. It is well known that rib fractures can significantly impair respiratory mechanics, alter cardiopulmonary physiology, and hinder mechanical ventilation weaning strategies (2). Chest wall instability can negatively impact the overall clinical outcomes and rehabilitation trajectories of patients with rib fractures after CPR.