BOAST - The Management of Blunt Chest Wall Trauma
Patients with blunt chest wall injuries often have severe associated injuries and even isolated chest injuries may have a high mortality and morbidity. All patients, no matter where they present, should have access to high quality, specialist care. Within England, they should be managed within a Major Trauma Network. Chest trauma care pathways must include resuscitation protocols with early and appropriate pain management, which can significantly reduce complications. NICE guideline IPG361 suggests that a small proportion of patients will benefit from early operative chest wall stabilisation.