Screening tools in the diagnosis of acute compartment syndrome.
Acute compartment syndrome (ACS) is a surgical emergency requiring urgent fasciotomy to save the limb. However, time is of the essence and diagnostic uncertainty can lead to unnecessary surgery. Measurement of intracompartmental pressure (ICP) to aid decision making is becoming commonplace, particularly in unconscious or confused patients. However, inaccurate readings can result from misplacement of the probe, subjecting patients to a needless fasciotomy in the event of an overreading. Simila...Expand abstract
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