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A patient comes in for a follow-up evaluation of partial-thickness burns of the thighs. The patient claims that he washes his wounds and changes his dressings every day. When the nurse assesses the patient's wounds, she notes the patient is not wearing dressings and that his wounds are covered in dirt. How should the nurse procede?

Explanation

• The nurse should provide additional education about the patient's condition. Patient education should be provided in a way the patient understands so the patient can make informed decisions

• Telling the patient to follow the physician's orders does not explain the rationale for the treatment plan, or provide motivation for self-care

• Using the term "non-compliant" is not therapeutic

• A physiology lesson may be too complex for the patient and not effective

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