Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis - page 2

There's a middle-aged man who came in to our burn unit who has Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis due to a sulfa drug. He has skin sloughing that went from 60% of his body today to over 80% - just on my 12... Read More

  1. by   CoolHandLu
    He died.
  2. by   RunnerRN
    I'm so sorry - it seems that you were really affected by this patient.
    What did he end up dying from?
  3. by   CoolHandLu
    He went from our unit to the ICU, so I'm not exactly sure right now. He wound up having massive pulmonary edema a couple of days ago though, so I would imagine it would be that.

    It's just really, really sad. The entire situation... I've only been a nurse for 5 months, and I just started in the burn unit the day he was there. I don't know if it's for me emotionally. Apparently I cry too easily when I see people in severe, deadly pain. I didn't cry infront of the family or infront of him or any other staff. Just when I was alone after. I don't think that's such a bad thing since I'm human and it's horrible watching that... The crying let's it out and stuff. But yeah, I just don't know about burn nursing for me.

    How do other people deal with kind of thing emotionally?
  4. by   RNKITTY04
    Wow, really sorry to hear that. It is hard dealing with things like this esp being a new nurse. Don't aplogize for having normal human emotions I have cried many a tear over pts and outcomes, life is strange, bittersweet.
    Hang in there, and if you need to talk to someone professionally, thats ok too.