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Saints star gives nursing students a glimpse into injury rehab

Nursing students heard about the realities of caring for patients with serious leg injuries when they met St Kilda Football Club’s Jarryn Geary recently.

Jarryn presented his story to BNURS13 Bachelor of Nursing students at our Moorabbin campus, detailing his rehabilitation from compartment syndrome – where swelling or bleeding occurs in a muscle compartment.

A corked left quad suffered in a win against Melbourne turned severe and Jarryn was rushed to hospital for emergency surgery.

“It just kept getting progressively worse. It got to a point where I couldn’t bend my leg. It was a pain I couldn’t describe,” Jarryn said of his injury.

Jarryn was in hospital for nine days and required multiple surgeries, which left him with 30 staples and 20 stitches. 

Nursing students learned about the five P’s of compartment syndrome – pain, pallor, paresthesia, pulselessness and paralysis.

Jarryn told them of his procedures and recovery plan, and how nurses helped during his rehabilitation.

“The nurses who I really got along with were the ones who wouldn’t hesitate to find answers – that would put me at ease.”

Jarryn’s visit coincides with our St Kilda Football Club partnership. Following the club’s move to RSEA Park (located two minutes from our Moorabbin campus), we have worked with the football club to explore new education and training opportunities.

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