An Emergency: Acute Compartment Syndrome - AT146

An Emergency: Acute Compartment Syndrome

by Beverly A Morris, MBA, RN, CNP
(4.5 / 361 ratings )

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

Price: $29.00
CE-PRO Price: $14.50


Acute compartment syndrome is a complex, limb-threatening, abdominal compartment 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. This module outlines the causes, diagnostics, and treatments for ACS.


The goal of this continuing education program is to optimize healthcare providers’ ability 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 acute compartment syndrome
  • List the “six Ps” that comprise the signs and symptoms of neurovascular and muscular compromise
  • Cite the compartment syndrome risk in different anatomic locations
  • Describe compartment syndrome treatment

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.
Relias LLC (formerly OnCourse Learning) is approved 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: 2/20/2019
Date of Most Recent Review: 2/20/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 2/20/2022

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC 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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Delia R - San Francisco , CA  ·  May 18, 2020
This a good one to refresh on being on call. This is definitely an emergency
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Rachel W - Smithfield, VA  ·  Apr 13, 2020
This course was very informative. It went more into depth about this syndrome then when I first went over it in school. It was a slight refresher, but I also learned some new information as well.
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CASEY K - Charlottesville , VA  ·  Apr 08, 2020
I learned more about ACS; I typically see more chronic compartment syndrome.
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Alsane S - Fairfax, VA  ·  Mar 27, 2020
Very informative while still being concise.
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Jimmy P - Murfreesboro, TN  ·  Mar 20, 2020
Excellent review on assessment/tx of compartment syndrome
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Price: $29.00
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