A nurse is caring for a critical burn patient. The patient is suffering from intense pain and requires medication. The nurse should expect the physician to prescribe which of the following?

Morphine sulfate, IV

Explanation

•Pain management of a burn patient should be through the use of IV opioids, typically morphine.

•Oral administration is not used due to the likelihood of GI dysfunction.

•IM and SQ are not used because absorption from soft tissue is unreliable during the emergent period.

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