A 30-year-old patient was rescued from a burning house. However, the patient has sustained major burns on the anterior thorax, head and bilateral upper extremities. What is the initial treatment goal for this patient?

Maintain patent airway

Explanation

• Burns to the anterior thorax and head put the patient at risk for airway injury. The airway should be monitored closely for narrowing or obstruction.

• Restoring hemodynamic stability and initiating fluid resuscitation should be done next.

• Infection prevention is an ongoing goal throughout treatment.

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