Critical Burn Patient

Learn how first responders treated this burn patient, whose skin flaked off his body every time he was touched

 

 
 
 

From the January 2008 Issue | Monday, January 4, 2010


When first responders arrived at this Alief, Texas scene, they found the patient covered in a grayish-white powder, breathing but barely conscious. They learned he had been smoking a cigarette while pumping gasoline into a plastic, 1-gallon gas can when it ignited. He suffered partial-thickness and full-thickness burns to more than 80% of his body, with severe burns to his head and face, as well as anterior and posterior surfaces, including extremities. He was also in respiratory distress due to inhaled chemicals from a sodium phosphate fire extinguisher. Community Volunteer Fire Department responders covered him in a sterile burn sheet, initially treated him with oxygen via a non-rebreather mask, established multiple IV lines for fluid replacement and administered morphine for pain control. He was subsequently intubated, and Memorial Hermann Life Flight transported him to Memorial Hermann Hospital, a Level I trauma center. The patient later succumbed to his injuries.

Visit jems.com/extras to learn more about this call.




Connect: Have a thought or feedback about this? Add your comment now
Related Topics: Patient Care, Accessories, Medical Emergencies, Pain Management, Jems EMS in Action

 
What's Your Take? Comment Now ...

Featured Careers & Jobs in EMS





 

Get JEMS in Your Inbox

 

Fire EMS Blogs


Blogger Browser

Today's Featured Posts

 

EMS Airway Clinic

Innovation & Progress

Follow in the footsteps of these inspirational leaders of EMS.
More >

Multimedia Thumb

New Item on Iowa Helicopter Helps Save Patient’s Life

Supply of blood recently added to LifeFlight helicopter.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Shooting Inside Pennsylvania Hospital

Early reports of one person dead in Darby hospital.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Anchorage Chief Proposes Shifting Fire, Medic Crews

Officials debate ways to reduce paramedic burnout.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Kansas City Woman Thanks EMTs Who Saved Her Life

CPR save highlights community awareness program
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Braun Ambulances' EZ Door Forward

Helps to create a safer ambulance module.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

VividTrac offered by Vivid Medical - EMS Today 2013

VividTrac, affordable high performance video intubation device.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Field Bridge Xpress ePCR on iPad, Android, Kindle Fire

Sneak peek of customizable run forms & more.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

The AmbuBus®, Bus Stretcher Conversion Kit - EMS Today 2013

AmbuBus®, Bus Stretcher all-hazards preparedness & response tool
Watch It >


More Product Videos >