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Compartment Syndrome

Altizer, Linda MSN, RN, ONC, CLNC

Orthopaedic Essentials

Compartment syndrome is a possible complication for every patient with a fracture, sprain, or orthopaedic surgery. Complete evaluation of the patient is necessary on a continual basis to determine any deviation from the normal range of the neurovascular parameters. Early identification of the symptoms will prompt immediate treatment and prevent the loss of a limb.

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© 2004 National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses