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Once a disaster is declared, then the disaster is classified according to the level of response needed to cope with the situation. This incident is declared a Level I disaster according to the local community disaster plan.

1. Which action is included when a Level I disaster is declared?

All local hospitals prepare to receive casualties.
Classification as a Level I disaster indicates that local emergency response personnel and organizations can contain and effectively manage the disaster and its aftermath.
Disasters are categorized into three levels, namely minor, major, and catastrophic disasters.
Minor Disaster (Level I): A disaster that falls within the response capabilities of
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According to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996, the police department does have the right to view client records concerning motor vehicle accidents. If possible, permission should be sought from the victim, or person authorized to sign for the victim, such as a parent.

The Emergent/Resuscitative Phase
Harmony is stabilized in the emergency department and admitted to the burn unit at the hospital. The admitting RN is developing the nursing care plan.

9. The PN recognizes which nursing diagnosis has the highest priority for a burn client in the emergent phase?

Fluid volume deficit related to increased capillary permeability.

Feedback:The client’s highest priority must be optimal fluid and electrolyte balance and the perfusion of vital organs. The largest organ of the body, the skin, has been compromised. Fluid can leak through the damaged capillaries, causing plasma loss that can lead to irreversible shock if not treated immediately.

Harmony is in critical condition and is at risk for multiple complications, secondary to the extensive deep partial-thickness and full-thickness burns. The client requires constant assessment and interventions to prevent complications.

10. Which data will the PN collect to help diagnose the presence of a Curling’s ulcer?

Check the gastric aspirate for pH and blood the color of coffee grounds.

Curling’s ulcer is