Plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon treats a burn victim, who was injured in an explosion after the earthquake in Haiti.
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Dr. Ordon Treats a Burn Victim I’m working with on today on some wound care. This gentleman actually was involved in an explosion. This is what we’re seeing the most of here in the Wound Care Clinic. Among these older injuries that were not closed, making sure they’re not infected. The bandages get attached to those raw areas where he’s lost skin so we have to go slowly. We have medicated him. I think we’re going to get him comfortable now, be able to get these off. What happened was he was involved in a propane explosion during the earthquake, lost his wife who happened to be a nurse. So the deal on that I think that area is going to be okay. Real nice. We literally gave him general anesthesia. And normally, I would be doing this in major operating room but we really cleaned them off. As you see, he’s got deep second degree, third degree burns. In a perfect world, I’d like to excise the burns completely over graft them. We can’t do that but, we cleaned him up pretty well. The key is getting that dead skin off of his hands and shoulders, his ears, and we’re going to now put on special dressings, so that he make sure he doesn’t get infected. And I think he’s going to do well. I want to make sure that we put web roll between the fingers and put him in a position of flexion. We put these burnt hands. If you don’t put this up in a position of function, they’re going to contract. The risk, the fingers are going to shrink down. I’ve got to— them up and dress them like that. The dressing is important as anything else. Alright, he’s going to stay here. He basically is an inpatient at the hospital. He’s getting IV fluids, changes dressings, apply antibiotics everyday. He still has a good attitude in spite of his burns and I’m optimistic that he’s going to do well.
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