The paramedics arrived at the emergency room with a 25-year-old male who suffered severe burns to his face and chest. His wife stated that her husband was smoking while filling his lawnmower with gasoline and an explosion occurred.
•The emergency room physician decided to intubate (place a tube into the trachea) the patient even though he was alert and talking. Why?
•Once stabilized the patient was moved to a private room and the doctors ordered reverse isolation. What is reverse isolation and why is it required for this patient?
•The doctor ordered antibiotic treatment for the patient even though there was no sign of an infection. Why?
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