Need help with HW!

  1. Hello!

    Hi, I'm supposed to make a case study presentation about burn victims with complications! I would love to hear your experiences about burn complications and how you handled the situations. The hardest part of this assignment is that we should use humor in presentation and that is where I am gonna need help.

    Any help would be appreciated. For those who's gonna call me lazy student, you're not being helpful. I do my readings I just want to come up with a realistic story and one with HUMOR..
    Last edit by Nursing_excellence on Apr 21
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  3. by   Nursing_excellence
    What I've come up so far.

    Pt, age 44, lighting up a cigarette, set himself on fire. Burns chest and neck. admitted to burn center c/o a lot of SOB. was intubated to maintain airway.

    (ill keep updating)
  4. by   Here.I.Stand
    Wow...there is nothing humorous about burn injuries. What a boneheaded thing to assign. If it were me, I would probably leave humor out on principle and accept the lost points.

    So in your reading that you have done, what burn complications have you learned? I see you are making a connection between facial burns and airway -- good start! But yes, let us know what you've come up with so far, and we can go from there.
    Last edit by Here.I.Stand on Apr 21
  5. by   Nursing_excellence
    yeah. It's supposed to be a fun interactive presentation. my other classmates used celebrities as their patients, others involved aliens in their presentations.
  6. by   Nursing_excellence
    Update:

    pt was intubated bc of severe edema in airways. so pt suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burn covering 40% of his body. after intubation he was given paralytics. then fluids. NS? or LR?

    What im missing is doctors orders and HUMOR!! ugh.
  7. by   Scottishtape
    You're missing humor, because situations like this aren't funny.

    And, normally burn patients are given LR.
  8. by   ~Mi Vida Loca~RN
    Burn patients typically need a lot of fluid resuscitation and are also at risk for electrolyte imbalances, which in turn also makes them high risk for cardiac dysrhythmias.

    Of all the medical things you could try to find humor from, Burn patients and situations are probably one of the last ones you can find any humor from.
  9. by   justjamesthenurse
    I would have to say that one of the most challenging things for a burn victim is not only the need for good IV access and to beware of losing body heat dependent on the degree of burns, but to look out for compartment syndrome which can occur from the swelling. A much needed fasciotomy will help to alleviate that potential problem.
  10. by   Nursing_excellence
    Thank you guys for your responses. as for the complications, what is the most likely complication for this kind of patient? is inhalation injury possible?
    After maintaining pt's ABCs. what do we do next? How would doctor's orders look like? do we need BMPS? ABGs?
  11. by   amoLucia
    What an awful assignment!!!

    I wonder if alteration in body image will prove funny when suicidal ideation occurs!
  12. by   Wuzzie
    Quote from Nursing_excellence
    Thank you guys for your responses. as for the complications, what is the most likely complication for this kind of patient? is inhalation injury possible?
    After maintaining pt's ABCs. what do we do next? How would doctor's orders look like? do we need BMPS? ABGs?
    You can easily look this up and your teacher expects you to do your own work. More importantly I'm a little concerned that you are not hearing us when we tell you that burns are horrific and there is absolutely no way anybody will find humor in this topic. Well nobody who isn't some sort of psychopath which I'm a bit suspicious describes your teacher.
  13. by   ~Mi Vida Loca~RN
    Quote from Nursing_excellence
    Thank you guys for your responses. as for the complications, what is the most likely complication for this kind of patient? is inhalation injury possible?
    After maintaining pt's ABCs. what do we do next? How would doctor's orders look like? do we need BMPS? ABGs?
    With a little effort you can get these answers yourself. In fact, a few of these answers have already been provided for you.
  14. by   Nursing_excellence
    Quote from Wuzzie
    You can easily look this up and your teacher expects you to do your own work. More importantly I'm a little concerned that you are not hearing us when we tell you that burns are horrific and there is absolutely no way anybody will find humor in this topic. Well nobody who isn't some sort of psychopath which I'm a bit suspicious describes your teacher.
    i understand what you mean. i was in tears watching cases of burn patients. and yeah im almost done with my case study. i jsut dont know how or when i can incorporate humor in my presentation.

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