Anesthesia Central is an all-in-one web and mobile solution for treating patients before, during, and after surgery. This collection of drug, procedures and test information is derived from Davis’s Drug, MGH Clinical Anesthesia Procedures, Pocket Guide to Diagnostic Tests, and MEDLINE Journals. Explore these free sample topics:
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First Things First (assess & treat for the following)
- Is the patient hypoxemic?
- High-flow humidified oxygen for all patients
- Oximetry may be artificially elevated.
- Is there evidence of airway injury?
- May not be apparent immediately, as long as 24-48 hrs
- Look for facial burns, singed nasal hair, cough, carbonaceous sputum.
- Examine for evidence of upper airway edema, hoarseness, stridor, or wheezing.
- Does patient require emergent intubation?
- Better to secure airway early!
- Facial or neck burns may become constrictive.
- Does patient have evidence of shock?
- Hypovolemia is common in burn injuries