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Case Reports in Critical Care
Volume 2016, Article ID 8506357, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/8506357
Case Report

Identification Bracelet Precipitated Acute Compartment Syndrome during Intravenous Infusion in an Obtunded Patient

1Department of Medicine, Richmond University Medical Center, Staten Island, NY 10301, USA
2St. Georges University School of Medicine, 3500 Sunrise Highway, Great River, NY 11739, USA

Received 22 August 2015; Accepted 1 December 2015

Academic Editor: Joel Starkopf

Copyright © 2016 Wahib Zafar et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Acute compartment syndrome is a serious condition requiring immediate medical care. A lack of urgent medical treatment can result in serious complications such as loss of function and even amputation. While the pathophysiology of acute compartment syndrome is well understood, numerous potential causes are still being discovered. A rare cause of acute compartment syndrome is IV infiltration. We present a case of acute compartment syndrome resulting from intravenous infusion due to proximal placement of a patient identification bracelet. We conclude that both routine evaluation for IV infiltration and proximal placement of IV lines are essential for prevention of acute compartment syndrome.