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Critical Analysis: Burn Dressing
Pages 8 (2008 words)
Abstract A random sample of ER burn dressing cases at Queensland in 2011 was done. It revealed deficiencies in the basic practices of nurses in their effort to attend to patients who complain about burns. The person served apparently wanted something to ease the pain.
This involves a Level 3 or 4 case based on the condition of the patient who can still interact with the nurse. However, that fact was not confirmed in any way. By April 7, 2011, Alison Sandy and Sophie Elsworth released government reports kept secret which stated patients die even before directly attended to by senior doctors. Documents said patients were not treated like there was an emergency. The patient was stable but choking and “symptoms included drooling, not speaking much, and dry wretching” (Sandy & Elsworth 2011). He arrived 8:09 pm. The doctor became available only after 1 hour + 11 minutes. He died 9:20 pm. The Nurse-in-charge responded to that patient by asking a resident doctor for a prescription to relieve pain. Further analysis revealed lack of proper standard operating procedures for nurses when patients complain about symptoms of burns. Nurses need to be aware of in-depth understanding of burns and how patients with the symptoms should be urgently treated within minutes of arrival at the ER. This paper provides that vital information to prevent further underestimations of burn dressing cases. ...
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