This article discusses unique factors associated with rib fractures in the elderly patient population and explains the process used in one facility to develop a revised protocol for the management of elderly patients with a rib fracture. The goals were to eliminate gaps in early trauma care management and employ a care routine that would improve outcomes for this vulnerable group of patients with fracture.
Allegheny Health Network, Allegheny General Hospital, Department of Quality, Safety and Value, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Correspondence: Susan Leininger, MSN, RN, Allegheny Health Network, Department of Quality, Safety and Value, Allegheny General Hospital, 320 East North Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15212 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The author thanks Matthew Mowry, MSN, RN, CEN, Trauma Performance Improvement Coordinator, Allegheny General Hospital, Allegheny Health Network.
The author has disclosed that she has no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.