What are the treatment options for fat embolism?

Updated: Mar 26, 2018
  • Author: Constantine S Bulauitan, MD; Chief Editor: Vincent Lopez Rowe, MD  more...
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Current care of patients with fat embolism is aimed at supporting physiologic derangements and includes the following:

  • Maintenance of adequate oxygenation and ventilation with open lung strategies such as the use of airway pressure release ventilation (APRV)
  • Maintenance of hemodynamic stability
  • Administration of blood products as clinically indicated
  • Hydration
  • Prophylaxis of deep venous thrombosis and stress-related gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Nutrition

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