An Orthopedic Emergency  - AT146

An Orthopedic Emergency

Compartment Syndrome

by Beverly A Morris, MBA, RN, CNP
(4.5 / 313 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Athletic Training (1.00 hours)

Price: $29.00
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Acute compartment syndrome (ACS) is a complex, limb-threatening and life-threatening condition that requires prompt and accurate diagnosis and immediate treatment. Because it is relatively uncommon, it is necessary to be alert for the signs and symptoms to allow for prompt management. There are 46 compartments within the body with 36 of the compartments located within the extremities in which acute compartment syndrome can occur. This module outlines the causes, diagnostics and treatments for ACS.


The goal of this program is to optimize the ability of healthcare providers to detect people at risk for developing acute compartment syndrome and to care for patients with this condition. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  1. Identify the physiological, surgical and anesthesia cause of ACS
  2. List the “six Ps” that comprise the signs and symptoms of neurovascular compromise
  3. Increase knowledge associated with the risk related to hip arthroscopy
  4. Describe the treatment of ACS

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, athletic trainers, fitness professionals and physical therapists.
Athletic trainers: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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OnCourse Learning is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to offer continuing education for Certified Athletic Trainers. (provider #P1000). This program has been approved for a maximum of 1 hour of Category A continuing education. Difficulty level: advanced
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Athletic Training (provider # 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 10/28/2015
Date of Most Recent Review: 10/28/2015
Course Termination/Update Date: 10/28/2018

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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Benzon S - ALDIE, VA  ·  Dec 21, 2018
great topic very interesting
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Jimmy P - Murfreesboro, TN  ·  Nov 20, 2018
Very good and concise review of compartment syndrome.
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Catherine M - ,  ·  Sep 10, 2018
This will help me improve my nursing skills and assessment to post operative patient treated for compartment syndrome.
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Patricia M - Littleton, CO  ·  Aug 23, 2018
Appropriate for my setting
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Natalie D - Macedonia, OH  ·  Aug 23, 2018
This course was a great fresher for compartment syndrome and was very informative.
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Price: $29.00
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