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Burn Patient Case Study (1 CEU)

This program was one of the first interdisciplinary case studies from the School of Allied Health, University of Kansas Medical Center, to be available on the internet. Developed by the departments of Dietetics and Nutrition, Respiratory Care Education, and Nurse Anesthesia, this case is approved for one Category 1 hour of continuing education for respiratory care practitioners. The participant is advised to enjoy the entire presentation but reassured that the post-test will only cover the respiratory care aspects of this case.

Caution - The hyperbaric oxygen link in the respiratory care discussion section will take you into the HBO Case Study, so you might want to save that jump until you've completed the burn case study.


    At the completion of this case study, the participant will be able to:

    1. Identify major problems associated with burned patients.
    2. Describe the signs and symptoms of moderate to high carboxyhemoglobin levels.
    3. State the treatment for moderate to high carboxyhemoglobin levels.
    4. Recognize the clinical manifestations of impending airway obstruction.
    5. List the treatment options for upper airway obstruction.
    6. Describe the signs of inhalation injury.
    7. State the purpose of an escharotomy.
    8. Explain how severe burns becomes a restrictive defect.

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Burn Injury References


Cioffi WG, Branson RD, MacIntyre NR (eds). Problems in Respiratory Care: Pathophysiological and treatment of inhalation injury. JB Lippincott Co. 1991; 4 (3).

2. Marino PL. The ICU Book. Lea and Febiger, Philadelphia. 1991.