**The acute or intermediate phase of burn care
follows the emergent/resuscitative phase and begins 48 to 72 hours after the burn injury. During this phase, attention is directed toward continued assessment and maintenance of respiratory and circulatory status, fluid and electrolyte balance, and gastrointestinal function. Infection prevention, burn wound care (ie, wound cleaning, topical antibacterial therapy, wound dressing, dressing changes, wound debridement, and wound grafting), pain management, and nutritional support are priorities at this stage and are discussed in detail in the following sections. Priorities during the emergent or immediate resuscitative phase include first aid, prevention of shock and respiratory distress, detection and treatment of concomitant injuries, and initial wound assessment and care. The priorities during the rehabilitation phase include prevention of scars and contractures, rehabilitation, functional and cosmetic reconstruction, and psychosocial counseling.
3. A patient in the emergent/resuscitative phase of a burn injury has had her lab work drawn. Upon analysis of the patient's laboratory studies, the nurse will expect the results to indicate what?
A) Hyperkalemia, hyponatremia, elevated hematocrit, and metabolic acidosis
B) Hypokalemia, hypernatremia, decreased hematocrit, and metabolic acidosis
C) Hyperkalemia, hypernatremia, decreased hematocrit, and metabolic alkalosis
D) Hypokalemia, hyponatremia, elevated hematrocrit, and metabolic alkalosis