A 7-year-old boy is a patient in your intensive care unit. He was on a camping trip with his family when he accidentally fell on the campfire, causing severe second- and third-degree burns over 60% of his body. The clinical care team tells his parents that it will be critical to maintain their sonâ€™s airway and keep his fluid levels high.
In your initial post answer the following questions:
- The father is confused and asks you why his sonâ€™s fluid level is important after a burn. How would you explain this to him?
- After your explanation, the father nods that he understands. He then asks how you will measure his sonâ€™s fluid levels. How would you respond?
- As a clinician with knowledge of physiology, which aspects of this boyâ€™s condition would you be most concerned about?
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