Compartment syndrome of the leg following IO needle Insertion

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Intraosseous (IO) needles are used in patients who are critically ill when it is not possible to obtain venous access” Kibrik et al (2019).

Abstract:

Intraosseous (IO) needles are used in patients who are critically ill when it is not possible to obtain venous access. While IO allows for immediate access, IO infusions are associated with complications including fractures, infections and compartment syndrome. We present a case of an 87 year old man who developed lower extremity compartment syndrome after receiving an IO needle insertion and had to be treated surgically with fasciotomy to correct the problem.

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Reference:

Kibrik, P., Alsheekh, A., Rajaee, S., Marks, N., Hingorani, A. and Ascher, E. (2019) Compartment Syndrome of the Leg After Intraosseous (IO) Needle Insertion. Annals of Vascular Surgery. October 29th. doi: 10.1016/j.avsg.2019.10.066. .

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