A community health nurse is preforming a skin assessment on a patient. The nurse discovers this on the patients back. What should the nurse do next?

A community health nurse is preforming a skin assessment on a patient. The nurse discovers this on the patients back. What should the nurse do next?

 

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- Refer the patient to a dermatologist.

- Apply lotion to the rash.

- Ask the patient if they have been camping.

- Tell the patient to apply sunscreen when outside.

Rationale

When assessing skin it is important to keep in mind the ABCDEs of melanoma calssification. A-asymmetrical, B-border irregular, C-color more than one color, D-diameter 6 mm or larger, E-evolution is it changing? If a skin lesion meets these characteristics it should be evaluated further.

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