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2022 May 05

Am Surg

Erector Spinae Plane Blocks for Traumatic Rib Fractures: A Prospective, Interventional Study.


Palachick BJ, Carver RA, Byars DV, Martyak MT, Collins JN
Am Surg. 2022 May 05:31348221091956.
PMID: 35512648.


Rib fractures are present in 10% of all trauma patients and 30% of patients with significant chest trauma. Pain from rib fractures results in decreased respiratory effort which can lead to atelectasis and potentially pneumonia and death. Pain control is therefore of utmost importance in preventing the complications of rib fractures by improving respiratory function. Erector spinae plane blocks (ESPB) have been effectively used in elective surgery with subjective and objective improvements in pain.