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Acute Compartment Syndrome

Ross Dennis
Orthopaedic Nursing: March-April 1991
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Orthopaedic nurses must be continually alert for the dreaded complication of fractures, acute compartment syndrome (ACS). This article reviews the current literature on predisposing factors, pathophysiology (including systemic factors), assessments, various diagnostic methods, and treatments of patients at risk for, or encountering, ACS. A nursing care plan including the pertinent nursing diagnoses for these patients is included, and nursing care before and after fasciotomy is outlined.

© 1991 National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses