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Fat Embolism

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Definition
presence of fat globules from fractures that are distributed into tissues & organs after traumatic skeletal injury
From-Bone Marrow
Fractures that most often cause FES
long bones,ribs, tibia & pelvis
Can occur following joint replacement, spinal infusion, liposuction, crash injuries & bone marrow transplantation
Signs & symtoms
Chest pain, tachypnea, cyanosis, dyspnea, apprehension, tachycardia, decreased partial pressure of PaCO2 (32-48 norm) Change in mental status, restlesness, confusion
Care
O2, NS isotonic, Call Dr,Pulse ox, correct acidosis, replace blood loss
Petechiae
On neck, chest wall, axilla, buccal membranes, conjuctiva