I am a student and I am curious: If someone has an extensive chemical burn greater than 15% or much more, and you use tap water to wash out the chemical, is there a good possibility of hypothermia? I'm assuming at that point it's more important to get rid of the chemical, but I was wondering how that worked. If it was a thermal burn, would you still use water if it was extensive?
Feb 18, '11
With all burns there is a chance of the patient's temp dropping. In my hospital we have a debridement room that is kept at 85 to 90 degrees where the flame burn debrided with water and chlorohexadine soap.
You are correct in your thinking that it is more important to get the chemical out of the skin over the potential of hypothermia.