Optimal rm temp for burn pts

  1. I'm in a RN-BSN program right now. Have a burns assignment for pathophysiology.

    Can't seem to find the answer for this Q:

    What is the optimal environmental temperature to keep a burn patient's room at? And where may I find this information?

    I have looked in my pathophy book, my critical care book, and even the ABLS website (but I think I will dig deeper there) and I cannot find the answer.

    Any burns nurse know this answer and where I can find it???

    Thanks!

    NeuroICU nurse
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  3. by   athena55
    Quote from lilwbprincess
    i'm in a rn-bsn program right now. have a burns assignment for pathophysiology.

    can't seem to find the answer for this q:

    what is the optimal environmental temperature to keep a burn patient's room at? and where may i find this information?

    i have looked in my pathophy book, my critical care book, and even the abls website (but i think i will dig deeper there) and i cannot find the answer.

    any burns nurse know this answer and where i can find it???

    thanks!

    neuroicu nurse
    well if you remember patients with burns > tbsa 20% will have some type of hypermetabolic process ongoing so we try to keep their rooms (if we have a room to put the patient in, usually we don't but then again i am in iraq right now) or their area at whatever it takes to keep their temp > 85 to 100 degree f (isr burn intensive care unit at bamc, fort sam houston, san antonio, texas)
    athena
  4. by   lakepapa
    Kinda' tough to give one optimum temp because it really depends on the pt. What is their temp? How "open" are they? Are they spiking a fever? We start at around 85 and go up to around 100 depending on the pt. Some might need the room temp at 100, bed warmer maxed, surrounded by a 4 heating lamps with a space blanket "tent' to keep the heat in. Even with all of that it can be tough to keep a pt close to normothermic. (Oooo, those are long days...)

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