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Burns NCLEX Practice Quiz
This section includes the NCLEX practice questions for burns. This nursing test bank set includes 100 practice questions for burns and is divided into five (5) parts.
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Quizzes included in this guide are:
- Part 1: Burns NCLEX Question and Burn Injury Nursing Management (20 Items)
- Part 2: Burns NCLEX Question and Burn Injury Nursing Management (20 Items)
- Part 3: Burns NCLEX Question and Burn Injury Nursing Management (20 Items)
- Part 4: Burns NCLEX Question and Burn Injury Nursing Management (20 Items)
- Part 5: Burns NCLEX Question and Burn Injury Nursing Management (20 Items)
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Question 1 of 20
Nurse Malcolm is performing a sterile dressing change on a client with a superficial partial-thickness burn on the shoulder and back. Arrange the steps in the order in which each should be performed.
Cover the wound using a sterile gauze dressing.
Obtain a sample for wound culture.
Administer Tramadol (Tramal) 50 mg IV.
Apply silver nitrate ointment.
Debride the wound of eschar using gauze sponges.
Question 2 of 20
Which of the following medications given to a 12-year-old client for the treatment of deep partial-thickness burn is the most important to double-check with another licensed nurse before administering it?CorrectIncorrect
Question 3 of 20
The nurse is administering fluids intravenously as ordered to a client who acquired full-thickness burn injury on the abdomen. To determine the sufficiency of fluid resuscitation, the nurse would monitor which of the following that would provide the most reliable parameter for determining adequacy?CorrectIncorrect
Question 4 of 20
Nurse Rodrigo is receiving an endorsement from the burn unit. Which of the following clients should he assess first?CorrectIncorrect
Question 5 of 20
Which of the following route should the nurse expect the pain medication to be given to a client who was admitted with extensive burns?CorrectIncorrect
Question 6 of 20
Nurse Cirie is caring for a client who suffered a smoke inhalation injury. The carbon monoxide report reveals a level of 35%. Based on the level, which of the following signs should the nurse expect in the client?CorrectIncorrect
Question 7 of 20
A client is brought to the emergency unit with third-degree burns on the posterior trunk, right arm, and left posterior leg. Using the Rule of Nines, what is the total body surface area (TBSA) that has been burned?CorrectIncorrect
Question 8 of 20
A medicine student arrives at the emergency unit due to a burn injury that occurred inside the laboratory and an inhalation injury is suspected. Which of the following is the appropriate oxygen therapy for the client?CorrectIncorrect
Question 9 of 20
The nurse is handling a client who sustained an electrical burn on the arm and wrist and is scheduled for a fasciotomy. After the procedure, the nurse should assess the affected extremity in which of the following EXCEPT?CorrectIncorrect
Question 10 of 20
The nurse is caring for a client with a burn wound on the left knee and an autograft and skin grafting was performed. Which of the following activities will be prescribed for the client post-op?CorrectIncorrect
Question 11 of 20
Nurse Troyzan has just received the change-of-shift report in the burn unit. Which of the following client requires the most immediate care?CorrectIncorrect
Question 12 of 20
The nurse is caring for a client who sustained superficial partial-thickness burns on the anterior lower legs and anterior thorax. Which of the following does the nurse expect to note during the resuscitation/emergent phase of the burn injury?CorrectIncorrect
Question 13 of 20
The nurse manager is observing a new nursing graduate caring for a burned client in protective isolation. The nurse manager intervenes if the new nursing graduate planned to implement which incorrect component of protective isolation technique?CorrectIncorrect
Question 14 of 20
A client is undergoing fluid replacement after being burned 20% of her body 12 hours ago. The nursing assessment reveals a blood pressure of 90/50 mm Hg, a pulse rate of 110 beats per minute, and a urine output of 25 ml over the past hour. The nurse reports the findings to the physician and anticipates which of the following orders?CorrectIncorrect
Question 15 of 20
Nurse Kelsey is a nurse manager assigned to the burn unit. Which client is best to assign to an RN who has floated from the surgery unit?CorrectIncorrect
Question 16 of 20
A client sustained burns on the back. These areas appear dry, blotchy cherry red, blistering, doesn’t blanch, no capillary refill, and reduced or absent sensation. This type of burn depth is classified as?CorrectIncorrect
Question 17 of 20
Which of the following refers to a wound covering brought about by the donated human cadaver skin provided by the skin bank?CorrectIncorrect
Question 18 of 20
A client is being discharged today after undergoing autografting. What would the nurse include in the discharge instructions?CorrectIncorrect
Question 19 of 20
A client is prescribed by the physician to undergo an escharotomy. Which of the following statements made by the nurse is true regarding this procedure?CorrectIncorrect
Question 20 of 20
Rehabilitation is the final phase of burn care. Which of the following are the goals during this phase? Select all that apply.CorrectIncorrect
Burns Nursing Management Reviewer
Burns. A burn is an injury that results from direct exposure to any thermal, electrical, chemical, or radiation source. It occurs when energy from a heat source is transferred into body tissues beyond what the body could hold leading to tissue injury. It is characterized by severe skin damage that causes the affected skin cells to die.
Types of Burns
There are many other causes of burns aside from open flames. They include:
- Thermal burns. A thermal burn is a burn to the skin caused by any external heat source like a flame, hot liquids, or hot metals.
- Chemical burns. A chemical burn can be caused by many substances, such as strong acids, drain cleaners (lye), paint thinner, and gasoline that touches your skin can cause it to burn.
- Radiation burns. A radiation burn is the least common type. Sunburn is a type of radiation burn and other exposure to nuclear radiation, like X-rays or radiation therapy to treat cancer, can also cause these.
- Electrical burns. An electrical burn occurs when the skin comes into contact with an electrical current and it passes through the body from faulty electrical wiring.
- Friction burns. A friction burn occurs when a hard object rubs off some of the skin. It’s both an abrasion or scrape and a heat burn just like motorcycle and bike accidents and a carpet burn.
- Cold burns. A cold burn also called “frostbite” occurs when the skin comes into direct contact with something very cold for a prolonged period of time.
- Inhalation injury. An inhalation injury is caused by smoke associated with flame injury or inhaled carbon monoxide which is a by-product of incomplete combustion.
Signs and Symptoms of Burn Injury
The three zones of a burn were described by Jackson in 1947. These three zones of a burn are three dimensional, and loss of tissue in the zone of stasis will lead to the wound deepening as well as widening. (National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine)
- Zone of coagulation. This occurs at the point of maximum damage to the area of the burn tissue. In this zone, there is irreversible tissue loss due to the coagulation of the constituent proteins.
- Zone of stasis. The surrounding zone of stasis is characterized by decreased tissue perfusion. The tissue in this zone is potentially salvageable. The main aim of burns resuscitation is to increase tissue perfusion here and prevent any damage from becoming irreversible. Additional insults—such as prolonged hypotension, infection, or edema—can convert this zone into an area of complete tissue loss.
- Zone of hyperemia. In this outermost zone tissue perfusion is increased. The tissue here will invariably recover unless there is severe sepsis or prolonged hypoperfusion.
The release of cytokines and other inflammatory mediators at the site of injury has a systemic effect once the burn reaches 30% of total body surface area.
- Cardiovascular changes. Due to fluid loss from the burn wound, it results in systemic hypotension, increased heart rate, and end organ hypoperfusion.
- Respiratory changes. Hyperventilation and increased respiratory rate occur. Inflammatory mediators cause bronchoconstriction, and in severe burns adult respiratory distress syndrome can occur.
- Metabolic changes. The basal metabolic rate increases up to three times its original rate. For severely burned patients, the resting metabolic rate at thermal neutral temperature (30°C) tops 140% of predicted basal rate on admission, reduces to 130% once the wounds are fully healed, then to 120% at 6 months after injury.
- Immunological changes. Non-specific down regulation of the immune response occurs, affecting both cell mediated and humoral pathways.
- Electrolyte imbalances. Hyponatremia and hyperkalemia occur. Hyponatraemia is frequent, and the restoration of sodium losses in the burn tissue is therefore essential. Hyperkalemia is also characteristic during this time because of the massive tissue necrosis. Hyponatraemia (Na) (< 135 mEq/L) is due to extracellular sodium depletion following changes in cellular permeability.
- Psychological responses. Effects on psychological health includes shock, numbness, disbelief, depression, denial, mourning, perceived losses.
Management of Burn Injury
Management of burn injury is categorized into three phases of care: emergent phase, acute phase, and rehabilitation.
The emergent phase starts from the time of burn injury and ends when the patient is hemodynamically stable, capillary permeability has been restored, and when fluid resuscitation has been completed. Usually 48-72 hours from the time of injury. Emergent phase is also known as the resuscitative phase and the goals of this phase include prevention of hypovolemic shock and preservation of vital organ functioning.
Asses for the burn depth.
Burn depth is assessed at 24 hours after injury as blisters and other injuries may evolve.
First Degree Burn (Superficial Partial Thickness Burn). In first-degree burn injuries, the skin function remains intact, and transfer to a burn center is not required. They do NOT count towards total body surface area (TBSA) burned. This classification of burn depth affects the epidermis leading to the following signs and symptoms:
- Pain but without blisters
- Fluid loss is MILD
Second Degree Burn (Deep Partial Thickness Burn). In second-degree burn injuries, the skin function is lost. Deep partial-thickness injuries can easily convert to or require the same management as full-thickness. The goal in an MCI (mass casualty incident) is to treat as many 2nd degree injuries as possible in an outpatient setting. This classification of burn depth affects the dermis and epidermis leading to the following signs and symptoms:
- Pain with blisters
- Pink to reddish skin
- Fluid loss is MODERATE
Third-Degree Burn (Full Thickness Burn). In third-degree burn injuries, skin function is lost and grafting is required for functional healing. Third-degree burns will almost always require hospital admission. This classification of burn depth affects the subcutaneous tissues, epidermis, and dermis leading to:
- Pearly white or charred appearance of the skin
- Mottled brown, black, or red burn site
- Pain is absent
- Fluid loss is SEVERE
Fourth-Degree Burn (Deep Fullness Thickness Burn). In fourth-degree burn injuries, the affected areas go through both layers of the skin and underlying tissue as well as deeper tissue. This classification of burn depth involves the muscle and bone.
- Burned part is black/charred
- Fluid loss is VERY SEVERE
Assess the burn size and extent.
The size of the burn is expressed through percentage according to the total body surface area (TBSA), Rule of Nines.
- Small Burns (<25%). Response of the body is localized.
- Large Burns (>25%). Response of the body is systemic.
Assess for the burn location.
The area of a burn injury usually directs treatment. Burns on the face, hands, feet, and genitalia as well as large burns in other areas of the body and those associated with inhalation injury are often referred to burn centers for specialized expertise.
- Head, Neck, and Chest. Respiratory
- Face. Corneal ulceration
- Perineum. Contaminated with urine and feces
- Circumferential Burns of Extremities. Compromis circulation
Airway Management is vital to maintain the airway and provide supplemental oxygen in patients with major burns. Airway management is especially important for types of burns related to inhalation injury.
- Oxygenation: CO2 poisoning. 100% of oxygen is delivered via a tight-fitting non-rebreather mask until carbon monoxide falls to 15%.
- Mechanical ventilator as indicated.
- Endotracheal suctioning.
- Head of the bed is elevated to facilitate maximum expansion of the lungs.
Fluid Resuscitation refers to the replacement of fluids in burn patients to prevent hypovolemia and hypoperfusion that can result from the body’s systemic response to burn injury.
- Initiate fluid administration. Peripheral IV access may initially be used though in larger and more severe cases of burns, a central venous access is recommended as a large volume of fluid is required.
- Use American Burn Association (ABA) guidelines for fluid resuscitation. The formula for the total fluid requirement in 24 hours is as follows: 4ml x TBSA (%) x body weight (kg). [Example: Patient weighs 80 kg with TSBA of 20% = 4mL x 80 kg = 320 x 20 = 6,400 mL]
- First half of the solution is given in the first 8 hours (3,200 mL)
- One quarter of the solution is given in the second 8 hours (1,600 mL)
- Another quarter of the solution is given in the third 8 hours (1,600 mL)
- Avoid colloid-containing solution for the first 24 hours because it may aggravate edema due to an increase in capillary permeability.
- The amount of fluid in the second 24 hours will depend on the patient’s urine output and hemodynamic studies (Hct, CVP, and BUN/Crea)
- Colloid-containing solutions may be given with D5W with glucose.
- Monitor urine output. A urine output of 0.5 to 1 mL/kg/h is used as an indication of appropriate resuscitation in thermal and chemical injuries. In electrical injuries, a urine output of 75 to 100 mL/h is the goal.
The larger the burn size, the more nutrients are needed for healing.
- Provide additional calories. Patients need more calories than normal when they’re recovering from a burn injury. That’s why nutrition is a major component of burn treatment. A diet high in calories and protein supports the immune system to decrease risk of infection; helps wounds heal faster; maintains muscle mass; and minimizes weight loss to support rehabilitation.
Pain due to burns can range from mild to severe to excruciating. Pain management, which includes pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic approaches, is a central component of the complex issues involved in treating patients with burns.
- NO intramuscular or subcutaneous administration because the patient is hypovolemic.
- Intravenous analgesics: Morphine, Demerol
- Oral administration is NOT considered due to GI dysfunction.
- Minor burns: per orem
- Nonpharmacological: Deep breathing exercises, guided imagery
Prescribed topical agents are administered before the wound is covered with layers of dry dressings.
- Use ointments. Antibiotic ointments or creams are frequently used to fight or treat infections in patients with second-degree burns. Using these ointments may require the use of bandages.
- Regularly change dressings. Dressings may need to be changed regularly. The skin and the burn wound should be washed gently with mild soap and rinsed well with tap water. Use a soft wash cloth or piece of gauze to gently remove old medications.
The acute phase of burn management starts 48-72 hours from the time of burn injury when the patient is hemodynamically stable with completed fluid resuscitation and with restored capillary permeability and ends upon wound closure.
Prevent infection. Patients with burns are at the highest risk for healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). The loss of the barrier function of the skin, combined with necrotic tissue produces an environment conducive to bacterial growth. Nursing interventions to prevent infection includes:
- Watch out for signs of infection. Erythema, warmth, malodorous exudates, and tenderness.
- Initiate universal precaution. Use of gowns, gloves, and eye protection. Including frequent hand hygiene.
- Wound culture and antimicrobial therapy. Culture and sensitivity is usually ordered on admission for patients with burns to test for presence of MRSA.
- Wound care. Early excision and closure of the burn wound helps in preventing infection.
- Control of hyperglycemia. Insulin is indicated (even without diabetes) for severely burned patients to improve protein synthesis, attenuate lean body mass loss, decrease hypermetabolism, and accelerate donor healing time.
Provide nutritional support. Nutritional support through total parenteral nutrition or enteral tube feeding for patients with burn is aggressive. There should be an increase in calories, proteins, and fats.
Provide proper wound care. Wound cleansing should be done through hydrotherapy and may be emerged in Hubbard tank.
- Wound cleansing through hydrotherapy
- Patient is emerged in Hubbard Tank
- Involves immersion, spray, or showering 30 minutes or less.
- More than 30 minutes can cause heat loss, pain, and stress.
- Analgesics before the procedure.
Debridement is the removal of necrotic tissues to prevent bacterial growth promoting wound healing.
- Mechanical Debridement. Involves the use of forceps and scissors to trim away loose necrotic tissues.
- Enzymatic Debridement. Involves the use of proteolytic or fibriolytic enzymes to digest necrotic tissues.
- Surgical Debridement. Involves excision of loose necrotic tissues.
Antimicrobial Agents or Ointments
- Silver Sulfadiazine. Once or twice daily.
- Open Method. The wound is left exposed to air after application.
- Close method. Sterile gauze is impregnated.
Autografting. Autografting is the surgical removal of a superficial layer of the patient’s own unburned skin (donor site) which is subsequently grafted to the patient’s excised open wound.
Post Op Considerations:
- Promote graft adherence through immobilization
- Bed rest for 10 days
- Keep graft site free from pressure
- Avoid weight-bearing activities
- To remove exudate, roll a cotton tip applicator
- Watch out for foul smelling discharge. It may indicate infection.
- As prescribed, small amount of blood may be removed beneath the grafted skin by rolling gauze from the center to the periphery where the blood can be absorbed by the sterile gauze.
- Aspirate if with large amount of blood using a small gauge needle as prescribed by the physician.
- Apply cocoa butter to prevent dryness.
Rehabilitation phase occurs immediately after the burn has occurred and can extend for years after the initial injury.
- Minimize functional loss. Burn rehabilitation includes rehabilitation programs to help return the patients to their highest level of function within the content of their injuries.
- Provide psychosocial support. Includes counseling, patient teaching, and help the patient reintegrate with society through various programs aimed at burn survivors.
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