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Case study: Multiple fractures

June 6, 2023

Our team treated a patient with multiple fractures and a history of angina pectoris and hypertension recently. In this case study, we will walk you through the steps of our patient management process, shedding light on the strategy, considerations, and outcome.

An 81-year-old patient was scheduled for emergency surgery due to multiple fractures (subcapital fracture of the humerus, comminuted fracture of the distal radius, and fracture of the neck of the femur).

Subcapital fracture of the humerus.

Comminuted fracture of the distal radius.

Fracture of the neck of the femur.

The patient has a history of angina pectoris and hypertension. Before the operation, the patient had an ECG with a sinus rhythm and blood pressure of 150/90 mmHg. In the operating room, the monitor displayed atrial fibrillation with a ventricular rate of 150 bpm. After 300 mg of amiodarone, the rate stabilized at around 100 bpm. 

The chosen anesthesia techniques were:

  • Supraclavicular block: 15 mL of 0.5% isobaric levobupivacaine. 
  • Spinal block: 2 mL of 0.5% isobaric levobupivacaine + 25 mcg of fentanyl. 

The patient was stable during the surgery, and blood pressure was maintained via small boluses of norepinephrine (10 mcg). In the PACU the conversion to sinus rhythm occurred postoperatively. The patient was transferred to the ward as stable the day after. 

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