An iPhone application for rib fracture score protocol


Multiple rib fractures in trauma patients are associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Following multiple rib fracture injuries, rapid patient mobilization, respiratory support, and proper pain management will result in speedy patient recovery, as measured by length of stay in the intensive care unit and the hospital.

This novel system, based on an iPhone Application, supports clinical decision making for critical care health providers - especially for first responders, but also for emergencey room personnel. This compilation of research findings from work with 100 patients utilizes the clinical radiological result of rib fractures, plus the patient’s age factor conversion, to establish the "Rib Score". The Rib Score determines the arm of the protocol to follow for mobilization, respiratory support, and pain management.

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Mark Swaney


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Patent Information:
App Type Country Serial No. Patent No. File Date Issued Date Expire Date
Non-Provisional United States   7225813 7/30/2003    
For Information, Contact:
Mark Swaney
Technology Licensing Officer
University of Arkansas
Aaron Welch
Tingxin Yan
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