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Flashcards in Burns Deck (1):

A client is admitted for first- and second-degree burns on the face, neck, anterior chest and hands. What should be the nurse's priority action?

A: Cover the areas with dry sterile dressings

B: Administer pain medication

C: Initiate intravenous therapy

D: Assess for dyspnea or stridor

D: Assess for dyspnea or stridor

Due to the location of the burns, the client is at risk for the development of upper airway edema and subsequent respiratory distress. The other options are correct, but the priority is to assess breathing and manage the airway. The client with any signs of airway injury will be intubated and given 100% oxygen.