1) Intubation gear checked and on hand Resus trolley checked non- rebreather mask for 100% O2
2) Fluid and lots of hanging ready
3) space blanket /switch off air conditioning
4) look around desperately for whatever you can use to cover the burns at least until they can be transported - believe me - there may not be much and whatever you use make sure it has no fibres that can adhere - you would be better off with gladwrap than cotton wool.
5) make sure you have a clean pair of undies on (
Tracy - when thinking of emergency burns management especially rural you HAVE to think of ABC - Airway/ Breathing/Circulation and for that you have to consider two things
1) was she in a confined space (increased risk of inhalation of CO and other toxins) and 2) Is the face and especially the nose hairs burnt?? (probable respiratory burns)
They may not be distressed initially but believe me they soon will be if there is respiratory burns
Circulation - get that IV in as soon as - don't delay!!! This is a number 1 priority ESPECIALLY if you are remote/rural as you may not have access to central lines and indeed you might not have anyone with required expertise to put a central line in!!!
Pain relief!!!! and reasses breathing at each pain relief administration
Warm them - do not allow them to become cold - hence the space blanket - you probably will not have anything else (can you tell I am thinking small rural here). You will definitely need some kind of warming if they are to be shipped by air.
IDC - absolutely essential to guide your fluid management (if you have one - use hourly measure if not make do.) Remember you will not have access to central venous pressures so urinary output might be your only guide of fluid replacement requirements
Assess peripheral circulation (the books will say do a full assessment first but in reality you will be assessing as you get in the IV and set up for intubation) Are there any circumferential full thickness burns that might restrict blood supply?? Can you read pulse Ox on the fingers or are they too badly burnt?? Remember with pulse oximetry in burns you are often better off placing an ear probe across the nasal septum to get a reading - everything else might be too burnt.
All of this is aimed at UNTIL
Rural hospitals in QLD should NOT hang onto burns patients they should be shipped as soon as possible to one of the Tertiary centres and a 35% burns will either go to RBH or PAH so your emphasis is to care for the patient UNTIL the careflight arrives.
This was off the top of my head - hope it helps!!
Oh and if you are having to keep the patient longer than 3-4 hours start NG feeds!!!