Acute Compartment Syndrome

Clinical Practice Guideline

Published December 7, 2018

Produced in collaboration with METRC and with funding from the department of defense, this clinical practice guideline addresses the management of acute compartment syndrome of traumatized extremities in adult patients, and the information in this CPG cannot be fully extrapolated to the treatment of children or adolescents. It is not intended to address management of chronic exertional compartment syndrome.


Photo Courtesy of Marcus P. Coe, MD, MS, FAOA, FAAOS

Clinical practice guidelines (CPG) provide evidence-based recommendations for current orthopaedic diagnostic, treatment, and postoperative procedures. Multdisciplinary clinician work groups and AAOS staff work together to synthesize published research with the aim of providing a transparent and robust summary of the research findings for a particular orthopaedic disease topic.

Trauma Toolkit

The Trauma Toolkit is a collection of related information, resources, and tools to assist AAOS members in making informed practice decisions based on evidence-based recommendations and/or practice standards. The information provided compiles advocacy, practice management, and quality improvement resources while including clinical and patient education.


Photo Courtesy of Marcus P. Coe, MD, MS, FAOA, FAAOS


AAOS journals and news sources often publish addtional information about quality programs and guidelines. Note that these resources are available exclusively to AAOS members and your login is required to access them.


OrthoInfo Patient Resources

OrthoInfo, the AAOS patient education website, features more than 400 articles, videos, and animations on common orthopaedic problems, surgical procedures, nonsurgical treatments, injury prevention, and healthy living. Written in simple language, all content is developed and peer reviewed by AAOS members. The following OrthoInfo articles contain patient information on the clinical guideline topic shown at the top of the page.