Medical Surgical Critical Care Hypothermia & Frostbite #5

Question

A client was admitted with frostbite to the hands and large blisters have formed on each finger. The client asked if he can pop the blisters for faster healing. What is the best response by the nurse?

Answers

  1. “Yes, I will pop all the blisters for you so quicker healing may occur.”
    • Rationale:

      This answer is not correct because this response is false. The client or nurse should leave the blisters intact to prevent further injury or damage to the frostbite areas.

  2. “No, the health care provider will pop all the blisters for quicker healing.”
    • Rationale:

      This answer is not correct because this response is false. The client or nurse should leave the blisters intact to prevent further injury or damage to the frostbite areas.

  3. “Yes, you may pop all the blisters if you would like to.”
    • Rationale:

      This answer is not correct because this response is false. The client or nurse should leave the blisters intact to prevent further injury or damage to the frostbite areas.

  4. “No, you should never pop the blisters due to the severity of the frostbite.”
    • Rationale:

      This answer is correct because it is best to keep the blisters intact to prevent further damage of frostbite, such as tissue death or gangrene. Gangrene may cause the part that is injured to deterioriate to the point the tip falls off or has to be amputated.

Overview

Superficial frostbite is ice crystal formation in the cells of the body. Usually caused from extreme cold, ice, or metal that is frozen. With severe frostbite, the cells rupture causing tissue death.

Explanation

Learning Outcomes

Frostbite is defined as ice crystal formation in the cells of the body. Physical damage and many times permanent changes result and can result in cell death. Usually caused from extreme cold, ice, or metal that is frozen. After the rewarming process, large blisters may form. It is best to keep the blisters intact to prevent further damage of frostbite, such as tissue death or gangrene. Gangrene may cause the part that is injured to deterioriate to the point the tip falls off or has to be amputated. Some frostbite injuries that are severe may require surgical amputation or skin grafts.

Test Taking Tip

Know what frostbite affects the client depending on it’s severity.

Video Rationale