A triage nurse takes a call from a patient who tells her that he has been burned while trying to do some electrical wiring. The nurse asks the client for more information. Which data from the patient would indicate that he has suffered a 2nd-degree burn?

 

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- The skin is dark red, glossy, and has blisters

- The skin is light red and swollen

- The skin is light red with a small amount

- The skin is dark, leathery, and dry

Rationale

Minor burns can be cared for at home and are at little risk of infection or complications. If a patient experiences a 2nd degree burn or worse, he should seek treatment at a healthcare center. A 2nd degree burn involves damage to the epidermis and part of the dermal layer of skin. It is manifested by skin that is dark red, glossy in appearance, and has blisters.

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