Improving care for patients with broken ribs

ORiF (Operative Rib Fixation Study)

Our Trauma and Orthopaedics research team is leading a multicentre randomised controlled trial investigating new ways for treating patients with severely broken ribs. 

Broken ribs can affect breathing and cause complications such as pneumonia. Recently, surgeons have found that repairing broken ribs with an operation may reduce these types of complications.However, surgery always carries some risk, especially in patients with such major injuries.

How this study will help patients

Researchers are evaluating whether surgery and its risks are better for patients than not having surgery/using other supportive treatments. This research study will provide the evidence which will improve treatment and care in the future.

Find out more

You can find out all the details about this research on the ORIF Study web pages.