This article describes the case of a 33-year-old man with cerebral palsy who sustained a full-thickness burn to his thorax as a result of lying in gastric acid that had leaked from a damaged percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy feeding tube. The patient required referral to a tertiary burns centre for specialist management. The article highlights the potential harm caused by gastric acid and why some patients may be particularly vulnerable to such injuries.
Emergency Nurse. doi: 10.7748/en.2019.e1941Peer review
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Fenwick R, Price R (2019) Full-thickness burns due to contact with gastric acid. Emergency Nurse. doi: 10.7748/en.2019.e1941
Published online: 06 June 2019
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