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Woundcare for compartment syndrome. Negative-pressure wound healing devices being used following fasciotomy operations on the medial and lateral regions of a patient's lower extremity that has restricted blood supply (ischaemia) in a case of compartment syndrome. Fasciotomy is the removal of connective tissue around muscles to relieve pressure, in this case from compartment syndrome, a life-threatening condition where injury can cause increased pressure within one of the body's compartments such as an arm or leg. Negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) draws out excess fluid from the wound, increases blood flow to the area, and promotes wound healing.
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