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Table 2 The median measured vibration transmittance levels (× 10− 5) in the 20 Hz – 2000 Hz band (g2)

From: Vibration transmittance measures sternotomy stability – a preliminary study in human cadavers

  Intact Stable Unstable
Median (range) Median (range) Median (range)
2nd rib 416 (24–2094) 99 (13–2312) 38 (7–118)
3rd rib 346 (36–6756) 50 (12–7025) 32 (9–78)
4th rib 305 (65–1603) 81 (9–834) 29 (9–233)
Levels combined 357 (24–6756) 77 (9–7025) 32 (7–233)
  1. Stable fixation indicates the sternum is attached tightly with 6 steel wires and unstable fixation indicates a 10 mm distance between the sternal halves