Last updated on December 2018

US-guided SAPB for Rib Fractures in the ED

Brief description of study

The purpose of this randomized controlled study is to determine whether the serratus anterior plane block reduces pain more than the usual treatment for rib fractures in the same amount of time.

Detailed Study Description

Patients with unilateral rib fractures in the Highland Hospital Emergency Department who agree to participate will be randomized 1:1 to either the control group or the experimental group. Those in the control group will receive the usual oral and/or IV pain medication as needed. The experimental group will receive an ultrasound-guided serratus anterior plane block. Numerical pain rating scale scores at rest and when taking a deep breath will be recorded pre-intervention and at times 0, 20, 40, and 60. At time 60, patients who received the SAPB will receive sensory testing. Patients will be offered additional pain medication as needed at times 20, 40, and 60.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03619785

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Alameda Health System - Highland Hospital

Oakland, CA United States
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Recruitment Status: Open

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