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Compartment Syndrome

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Compartment syndrome is an extremely painful condition that if presenting acutely is a medical emergency. Left untreated, it can result in serious consequences such as ischaemia, necrosis, amputation of the affected limb or even death

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The arms and legs are divided into several segments known as fascial compartments. Each compartment comprises a group of muscle tissue, blood vessels and nerves contained within a strong membrane known as the fascia. The fascia is inelastic, preventing the compartments from rapidly expanding. Compartment syndrome is when blood or fluid accumulates in the intracompartmental space and the compartment is unable to stretch to accommodate this increased fluid volume, causing a high level of pressure, which in turn, impedes perfusion to the affected area.

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Yuelian Xu
11 Aug 2020
Good nursing assessment acronyms for neurovascular assessment- Compartment Symdrome
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Emily Bosnjak
03 Aug 2022
Easy to read
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Nigel Bateman
10 Aug 2022
Registered Nurse
interesting.
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Leigh Gleeson
14 Jun 2022
Easy synopsis to read.
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Nathan Coughlan
10 Aug 2022
Enrolled Nurse
Great resource on compartment syndrome.
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Louise Bennett
29 Mar 2021
I found that this resource to be useful, as I now know that pain is the symptom to be most aware of in the detection of possible compartment syndrome.
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Arra Dizon
27 Apr 2021
very relevant to my role as a PACU nurse and enhances my knowledge!
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Sue Chevert
10 Jun 2022
Great quick update!
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Lorena Castillo-Zamora
02 Sep 2022
Great and brief
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Julie Booth
21 Jul 2022
Registered Nurse
Informative. Relevant. A good reminder to check for this complication of surgery/trauma.
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