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Compartment Syndrome - The 5 Ps

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Limb muscles are contained in a fibrous sheath known as a compartment. If blood leaks into the compartment, or the compartment is compressed, this can cause a decrease in neurovascular integrity, distal to the compressing agent or injury. This is known as compartment syndrome.

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Limb muscles are contained in a fibrous sheath known as a compartment. If blood leaks into the compartment, or the compartment is compressed, this can cause a decrease in neurovascular integrity, distal to the compressing agent or injury. This is known as compartment syndrome.

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Lynda Lampert
Lynda is a registered nurse with three years experience on a busy surgical floor in a city hospital. She graduated with an Associates degree in Nursing from Mercyhurst College Northeast in 2007 and lives in Erie, Pennsylvania in the United States. In her work, she took care of patients post operatively from open heart surgery, immediately post-operatively from gastric bypass, gastric banding surgery and post abdominal surgery. She also dealt with patient populations that experienced active chest pain, congestive heart failure, end stage renal disease, uncontrolled diabetes and a variety of other chronic, mental and surgical conditions.
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Yuelian Xu
11 Aug 2020
Good nursing assessment acronyms for neurovascular assessment- Compartment Symdrome
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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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Cheryl Parkin
03 Dec 2021
good quick guide.
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Katherine Rylko
11 Nov 2021
The examples, explanations and guides were very clear and easy to understand.
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Geraldine Toole
16 Jul 2020
Helpful in revising quickly
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Manisha Thapa
20 Feb 2022
The content was very good.
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Claudia Gonzalez
18 Jan 2021
Clear and easy to understand
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Emma Nevales
27 May 2021
This article is very good article to assess for compartment syndrome.
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Shannen Twine
01 Mar 2021
great resource for the 5P's, easy to understand and straight to the point
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