Difference between revisions of "Compartment pressure measurement"

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==See Also==
==See Also==
[[Compartment Syndrome]]
*[[Compartment Syndrome]]
*[[Compartment Pressure Measurement]]
*[[Fractures (Main)]]
==External Links==
==External Links==

Revision as of 22:17, 20 July 2014


Compartment Syndrome Indications


  • Avoid areas of cellulitis.
  • No absolute contraindications

Equipment Needed


  1. Contents of the pressure measurement kit
  2. Remove contents from wrapping
  3. Attach chamber to the pre-filled saline syringe
  4. Place the aforementioned into the monitor/unit
  5. Place needle onto chamber
  6. Eject excess air, if present, from syringe
  7. Zero the assembled unit at the angle you will be entering compartment
    1. Determine the appropriate site of injection to measure the desired compartment pressure
  8. Clean the area with alcohol prep or chlorhexidine.
  9. Insert, inject 2-3 drops of saline, and await measurement

Steps to measure compartment pressure using a striker needle

Pressure Interpretation

Interpretation of Compartment Pressure

  • Normal is <10 mm Hg
  • Pressures <20 mmHg can be tolerated w/o significant damage
  • Exact level of pressure elevation that causes cell death is unclear. It was previously thought pressure >30 mmHg was toxic although the "delta pressure" may be better predictor than absolute pressure

ΔPressure = [Diastolic Pressure] – [Compartment Pressure][1]

  • ΔPressure < 30 mm Hg is suggestive of compartment syndrome


See Also

External Links


  1. Elliott, KGB. Diagnosing acute compartment syndrome. J Bone Joint Surg Br. 2003 Jul;85(5):625-32. PDF