A patient is recovering from an injury in which he was severely burned. The patient is having difficulties coping with his appearance and he tells the nurse that he does not want to look at the burned area. Which response from the nurse is most appropriate?

 

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- Help the patient to adjust by increasing his feelings of independence

- Tell the patient about reconstructive surgery options

- Explain that the patients family or friends can be a support for him

- Explain that the patients family or friends can be a support for him

Rationale

A patient who has been disfigured after an injury needs ongoing emotional support from the nurse as well as from family and friends. When a patient struggles with accepting his body, the nurse can help him to focus on positive areas of his life, such as by recognizing the activities he can perform independently and accepting those items first.

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