Introduction. On April 28, Patrick Bageant attended an Advanced Burn Life Support (ABLS) class at the Harborview Burn Center in Seattle, Washington He learned a lot in classroom discussion, practice patient assessment scenarios, clinical time, as well as after-class-discussions of the material
Assessment Recap:Burns are not immediately life threatening, but other problems, like MI, diabetic coma, internal bleeding ARE immediate life threats. Thus, only once you are confident you have found and addressed other conditions, including C-Spine, trauma and underlying emergent medical conditions may you assess the burn. Do NOT allow your assessment to be distracted by the burn!
Second degree (dermal) burns tend to be red or yellowish, appear WET, usually blister, and may or may not blanch: