Volume 7, Issue 6: Acute Extremity Compartment SyndromeAuthor: Melinda (Dolly) McPherson
Acute Extremity Compartment Syndrome – a high pressure situation!
It’s a sunny Sunday afternoon and you watch enviously as carefree people enjoy weekend pursuits, the MDT interrupts your thoughts ‘Adult male – trauma’. You arrive to find a young male with a football injury, his screams of pain seem out of proportion to findings from your assessment – you need to decide, ED or MIU?
Acute compartment syndrome can be difficult to diagnose in the pre-hospital environment; however, awareness of the risk enables appropriate admission and handover. This issue discusses acute compartment syndrome occurring in an extremity which is the most common presentation in the pre-hospital setting. It provides information on the anatomy, risk factors, assessment and management of this condition stressing the importance of recognising when a patient may need rapid access to advanced orthopaedic care.
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