Burnt

Multisystem Processes & Disorders


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{"ops":[{"insert":{"image":"\/storage\/case-images\/cs\/S8_F3.jpg"}},{"insert":"\n\n"},{"insert":"Mr. Wilson is an 84 year old retired schoolteacher, who lives alone in a small house.\n\nApparently, he was caught in an explosion from a gas leak.\n\nFortunately, his neighbors heard the explosion, noticed smoke emanating from his kitchen, and called emergency services immediately.\n\nBy the time the emergency response team reached his house and rescued him, he had been trapped in the smoke for slightly less than 10 minutes.\n"}]}

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{"ops":[{"insert":"You run your experienced eye over his body and note the presence of minor burns on the face and neck, and extensive burns on the anterior aspect of trunk and dorsal aspect of all four limbs.\n"}]}

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{"ops":[{"insert":"Mr. Wilson is breathing spontaneously, and is not in respiratory distress. His respiration is being aided by bag and mask ventilation with 100% oxygen.\n\nHe is conscious and able to respond verbally to your questions, albeit with some difficulty.\n\nA closer inspection shows that his nares are singed, with soot around them.\n\nA nurse hands over his arterial blood gas assay results at the same time, which are as follows:\n\nSaO2: 90%\npH: 7.42 (7.35 - 7.45) \npCO2: 35 mmHg (35-45) \npO2: 90 mmHg (80-100) \nHCO3: 22 mEq\/L (22-26)\n\nYou realize that you need to decide on whether intubation is required.\n"}]}

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