This one day cadaveric course will give delegates confidence in surgical approaches to treat rib fractures, as well as guidance on clinical decision making and pain management techniques.

The responsibility for dealing with rib fractures is often shared between cardiothoracic surgeons and orthopaedic surgeons and sometimes general surgeons.

Our faculty reflects this diversity, with a multidisciplinary team of cardiothoracic surgeons, orthopaedic surgeons, intensivists and trauma anaesthetists to give patients the best possible outcomes.

During the course, delegates will practice three approaches to the thoracic cage, as well as apply plates and intramedullary splints. There will also be an opportunity to practice inserting erector spinae blocks and serratus anterior blocks with ultrasound control, as well as discussing pain management techniques and chest physiotherapy. Chest drain management will also be covered.

There are limited places to allow a high faculty to delegate ratio.

We are grateful to Depuy-Synthes who are supporting this course and to Mindray who have supplied us with ultrasound machines for the ESP nerve block exercises.

Attendees will need to bring hospital identification for admission. No cameras or telephones are allowed in the cadaveric lab.

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