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 Is it within the INS scope of practice to evacuate blood/fluids on a large infiltration/extravasation to release pressure assisting to prevent compartment syndrome?     


The only thing I can think of

The only thing I can think of that you may be referring to is a surgical procedure and this not within the scope of practice for nurses, other than nurse practitioners. The following is a huge literature review that was recently published on all treatment procedures

1.    Doellman D, Hadaway L, Bowe-Geddes LA, et al. Infiltration and extravasation: update on prevention and management. J Infus Nurs. Jul-Aug 2009;32(4):203-211.

Treatment of any compartment syndrome requires a surgical procedure and there is a limited amount of time to diagnose and treat before the patient looses the entire extremity. So surgical consult must be fast.


Lynn Hadaway, M.Ed., RN, BC, CRNI

Lynn Hadaway Associates, Inc.

126 Main Street, PO Box 10

Milner, GA 30257


Office Phone 770-358-7861

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