Management of pelvic ring fractures in limited resources country: a retrospective study

Ismail Hadisoebroto Dilogo, Bambang Gunawan, Ihsan Oesman, Radi Muharris Mulyana, Jamot Silitonga, Yoshi Pratama Djaja, Bernadus Riyan Hartanto

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Purpose: Pelvic ring fractures (PRFs) management needs adequate facilities and human resources. However, the prehospital ambulance management role in Indonesia is insufficient. Many hospitals have limited resources that necessitate patients to be referred to higher trauma centers. This study aims to describe the state of PRFs management at a level 1 trauma center in limited-resource country. Methods: We conducted retrospective studies of PRFs management from 2011 to 2021 at Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital. We analyzed patient’s management flow from injury, referral process, initial to definitive treatment, mortality, and Majeed functional score. Results: From 109 patients, 30.3% were non-referrals that came without ambulance, while 69.7% were referrals using an ambulance. All non-referral patients came without pelvic binder with 54.5% unstable hemodynamic, while 35.5% of the referrals came with unstable hemodynamic and 72.4% had pelvic binder. Median time for non-referrals reaching our hospital is 12.5 h. Unlike local referrals, 75% of regional and 85.7% of national referrals general improvement had to be improved before being referred. Polytrauma cases were 33.9% with 12 days mean interval to definitive treatment. Mortality rate in this study was 13.8%. During post-operative follow-up with a mean of 4 years, 83% of patients could be followed up and reported 93 median Majeed score. Conclusion: The management of PRFs at level 1 trauma center in limited-resource country shows a mortality rate of 13.8% through various limitations such as unimplemented ambulance prehospital management, number of patients who were referred without pelvic binder applied, and the long waiting interval for definitive treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)465-472
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology
Issue number3
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2022


  • Limited resources country
  • Pelvic ring
  • Pelvic ring fractures
  • Pelvis


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