Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Ohh, just studyin’

So you’re an RN in an ED, and you’ve got a burn patient… What do you do?

  1. Assess for airway patency. 
  2. Administer oxygen (as ordered) to keep tissues and organs in oxygen & functioning.
  3. Vitals to determine baseline; you’ll need to compare subsequent vitals with these after starting fluid resuscitation.
  4. Establish IV access.
  5. Fluid replacement (as ordered) to prevent hypovolemic shock.
  6. Elevate extremities if no fractures are evident to help prevent shock.
  7. Keep patient warm with sterile linens.
  8. Keep patient NPO because of wonky GI function r/t the burns.
  9. Insert a foley so you can monitor fluid resuscitation.
  10. Tetanus prophylaxis (if ordered).


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