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An Emergency: Acute Compartment Syndrome - PT146

An Emergency: Acute Compartment Syndrome

by Beverly A Morris, MBA, RN, CNP
(4.5 / 1497 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Physical Therapy (1.00 Hour(s))

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


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.
Physical Therapists: 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 an approved sponsor by the New York State Education Department of CE for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants from 6/11/2019 to 6/10/2022.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider 2202008TX for 02/01/2019 to 02/28/2022 and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California for 4/5/10 to 12/31/18. Relias LLC is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California as of 1/1/2019.
Relias LLC (formerly OnCourse Learning) is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000290) with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from October 2018 through September 30, 2020.
OnCourse Learning is a licensed physical therapy CE sponsor (#216.000275) with the IL Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from July 2013 through 9/30/2018. 
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by the:
The OH Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 17S5468 for 06/22/17 to 06/22/18; 18S7449 for 6/23/18 to 6/23/19).
The FL Physical Therapy Association (approval no. CE19-539082 for 01/01/19 to 12/31/19). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the FL Physical Therapy Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
The NJ Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (approval no. 1801-181 for 2/1/18 to 1/31/20).
This course has been approved by the MD State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 7/1/17 to 6/30/21.
This course has been approved by the NV State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 07/31/17 to 07/31/19.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.

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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Katie W - Katy, TX  ·  Jul 08, 2019
This course was helpful for compartment syndrome
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Alexandria B - League City, TX  ·  Jul 06, 2019
very interesting topic. I enjoyed learning about acute compartment syndrome. something i have seen in the clinic once and now have a better understanding.
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TRUPTI S - MIAMI , FL  ·  Jul 03, 2019
Good content for CEU course
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Christina C - East Brunswick, NJ  ·  Jul 03, 2019
this did not tell me what to do as a PT in outpatient setting. it seemed to relate most to nurses
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Sara G - MIami, FL  ·  Jul 01, 2019
interesting topic for PT rehab
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Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50