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.
- Explain the underlying etiology of acute rib fracture pain in elderly patients.
- List pulmonary complications which may result from poor pain management.
- Apply the “Pain Plan” for elderly rib fracture patients correctly in patient care.
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