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  1. which patient would i see first

    1. a patient with fixed dilated pupils who was in asystole

    or

    2. a patient with 3rd degree burns with singed nasal hairs.
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  3. by   skyegirl
    Um, fixed and dilated is DEAD. Probably go with #2
  4. by   limerick1913
    Totally agree. #2 :spin: Singed nose hairs may indicate respiratory issues. You would look at that patient first ABCs Plus....the other person is dead. Nothing more you can do for them.
    Last edit by limerick1913 on Feb 20, '12 : Reason: added info
  5. by   mandyjean
    I would pick #2 because #1 is gone. #2 I am worried about airway since burns cause swelling, i'm worried about his throat swelling causing ineffective breathing. ABC & W Airway,Breathing,Circulation,Warmth
  6. by   diana2520
    # 2 is still breathing, and need to be seen ASAP #2 is gone (dead)
  7. by   NewGoalRN
    #1 is a goner

    #2 still is alive and has a potential airway problem, see #2

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