Compartment Syndrome

Compartment syndrome is one of the true emergencies where timing is critical and every hour that passes matters.

Compartment Syndrome
Sensitive image – Click to unblur

Compartment syndrome occurs when pressure in a confined space gets too high. This was compartment syndrome of the arm and forearm due to reperfusion injury that happened with the vessels being compressed for a long time then released. Emergency surgery within hours to open the spaces and take off the pressure.

Sensitive image – Click to unblur

Complete care meant taking him back to the OR every few days for a while to continue to wash and remove damaged muscle. Once swelling had maxed and wounds were clean, I skin grafted the area that were too swollen to close.

Sensitive image – Click to unblur

Initially, there was no nerve function below the shoulder. Skin grafting eventually took and he is starting to regain some sensation and motion.

Credit: modernorthointheor