Sunday, March 27, 2016

Q: What size of a needle is sufficient to measure Acute Compartment Syndrome (ACS) pressure?

Answer: 18G

To measure ACS pressure, simply attach 18G needle to an arterial pressure monitor. The normal pressure of any tissue compartment is between 0 and 8 mmHg.

ACS delta pressure = diastolic blood pressure ‒ measured compartment pressure 

ACS delta pressure between 20 and 30 mmHg indicates probable need for fasciotomy.

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