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Audrey Snyder, Associate Dean for Experiential Learning and Innovation (Creator)
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Abstract: A 25-year-old male arrives to the ED with a complaint of right lower extremity deformity with swelling, pain, discoloration, and numbness, stating he fell 15 feet from a balcony and landed directly on his leg. Initial evaluation of his lower extremity reveals absent pulses, loss of color and sensation, and 4+ pitting edema. An initial radiograph of the extremity shows a compound fracture of the tibia and fibular distal heads with diffuse edema and soft tissue trauma. Compartment pressures below the fracture read to 40 mmHg. Based on these findings, what is the most appropriate first intervention?

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Carpenter, Dawn, Ed. Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Q&A Review. New York: Springer Publishing Company
Language: English
Date: 2019
multisystem organ dysfunction, trauma, emergency department care

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