BURNS CASE STUDY
SPRING 2016 You are working in the emergency department (ED) of a community hospital when the
ambulance arrives with A.N., a 28-year-old woman who was involved in a house fire. She was
sleeping when the fire started and managed to make her way out of the house through thick
smoke. The emergency medical system crew initiated humidified oxygen at 15L/min per nonrebreather mask and started a 16-gauge IV with lactated Ringer’s solution. On arrival in the ED,
her vital signs are 100/66, 125, 34, Spo2 93%. She appears anxious and in pain.