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

Explain burn healing and complications in terms the patient understands.


• 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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