Hey, I’m a nurse and recently had an ortho pt S/P ORIF left Tibia/Fibula after he fractured both.
He had horrible pain today so I was busy keeping his pain under control and assessing for compartment syndrome. Even though the doc didn’t suspect comp. syndrome, he cut the splint/cast off just so we could visualize the leg easier and notice any changes.
I mentioned that since the cast was off, he’s at less risk of developing CS.
The doc said “The cast has nothing to do with it.” I beg to differ. Am I wrong?
I mean yes the pt can have CS with no splint just from his muscles swelling, but with a cast, outside pressure could also contribute to CS no???Zach