Intraosseous (IO) needles are used in critically ill patients when it is not possible to quickly obtain venous access. While they allow for immediate access, IO infusions are associated with complications including fractures, infections, and compartment syndrome. We present a case where point-of-care ultrasound was used to quickly identify a malfunctioning IO needle that resulted in compartment syndrome of the lower extremity.
Abramson, T., Alreshaid, L., Kang, T., Mailhot, T., & Omer, T. (2018). FascIOtomy: Ultrasound Evaluation of an Intraosseous Needle Causing Compartment Syndrome. Clinical Practice and Cases in Emergency Medicine, 2(4), 323–325. https://doi.org/10.5811/cpcem.2018.8.38854