An Orthopedic Emergency  - AT146

An Orthopedic Emergency

Compartment Syndrome

by Beverly A Morris, MBA, RN, CNP
(4.5 / 95 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Athletic Training (1.00 hours)

Price: $29.00
CE-PRO Price: $14.50


Acute compartment syndrome (ACS) is a complex, limb-threatening and life-threatening condition that requires prompt and accurate diagnosis and immediate treatment. Because it is relatively uncommon, it is necessary to be alert for the signs and symptoms to allow for prompt management. There are 46 compartments within the body with 36 of the compartments located within the extremities in which acute compartment syndrome can occur. This module outlines the causes, diagnostics and treatments for ACS.


The goal of this program is to optimize the ability of healthcare providers to detect people at risk for developing acute compartment syndrome and to care for patients with this condition. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Identify the physiological, surgical and anesthesia cause of ACS
  • List the “six Ps” that comprise the signs and symptoms of neurovascular compromise
  • Increase knowledge associated with the risk related to hip arthroscopy
  • Describe the treatment of ACS

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, athletic trainers, fitness professionals and physical therapists.
Athletic trainers: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the Board of Certification, Inc. to offer continuing education for Certified Athletic Trainers (provider #P1000). This program has been approved for a maximum of 1 hour of Category A continuing education. Difficulty level: advanced
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Athletic Training (provider # 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 10/28/2015
Date of Most Recent Review: 10/28/2015
Course Termination/Update Date: 10/28/2018

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.
Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Dale G - Las Vegas, NV  ·  Jun 17, 2017
good information, organized
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David E - Scott City, MO  ·  Jun 14, 2017
Very informative and useful.
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David C - Phoenixville, PA  ·  Apr 25, 2017
Good Course. Good Content.
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Michael W - Henderson, NV  ·  Apr 09, 2017
what a great test thank you for this great test
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Jessica C - Parma , OH  ·  Feb 23, 2017
A good review of the signs and symptoms of compartment syndrome. Well - written, easy to understand.
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Price: $29.00
CE-PRO Price: $14.50