Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Compartment Syndrome Prevention

Prevention of compartment syndrome includes:

  • Rest the injured limb.
    • Use a walker.
    • Use crutches.
    • Use a cane.
    • Wear a sling
  • Apply a cold compress:
    • Wrap ice in a moist hand towel. Do not apply ice directly to the skin.
    • Apply for 20-30 minutes, every 1-2 hours, for the first few days.
  • Elevate the injury:
    • Above your heart if possible

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Last Updated: Dec 8, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Compartment Syndrome References
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