You are called to a local university where a female student was working on an experiment under the..

You are called to a local
university where a female student was working on an experiment under the
protective hood in her chemistry lab. When she was removing a beaker of
solution from under the hood, the beaker bumped the edge of the sash and
splashed her face and chest with an alkali chemical, ammonium hydroxide.
Although the student was wearing safety glasses, the solution splashed behind
her glasses and soaked into her lab jacket and clothing underneath. The
laboratory assistant immediately got her to the safety shower and began the
flushing process before calling 911. By the time you
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You are called to a local
university where a female student was working on an experiment under the
protective hood in her chemistry lab. When she was removing a beaker of
solution from under the hood, the beaker bumped the edge of the sash and
splashed her face and chest with an alkali chemical, ammonium hydroxide.
Although the student was wearing safety glasses, the solution splashed behind
her glasses and soaked into her lab jacket and clothing underneath. The
laboratory assistant immediately got her to the safety shower and began the
flushing process before calling 911. By the time you arrive, the patient is
sitting down on a chair with a wet towel wrapped around her bare chest, and she
is holding her hand over her closed eyes in an attempt to shield them from the
bright light in the laboratory. Upon assessment and questioning, she complains
only of a severe burning to her eyes. She has no observable burns to her face
or oral cavity, and the chemical that splashed onto her chest did not seem to
penetrate to her skin.

1. Would these burns be considered
mild, moderate, or severe? 2. What is your rationalization for your answer to
question 1? 3. How are the eye injuries best managed while en route to the
hospital? 4. What is the process recommended for flushing chemical eye
injuries? 5. If there was a community hospital within 2 minutes of the
university, and a regional burn/trauma center within 15 minutes of the
university, which facility should the EMT elect to transport to?

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