You are asked to assess a 24-year-old male who has been admitted to the Emergency Department with 30% burns from a house fire. a) What clinical features would lead you to suspect significant inhalational injury? (10 marks) b) List the indications for early tracheal intubation to secure the airway. (4 marks) c) Which investigations would you use to assess the severity of the inhalational injury (3 marks) and what are the likely findings? (3 marks)
Pass rate 57.9% This is an important topic that candidates should be expected to know. Some candidates placed too much emphasis on history when answering part a which actually asked for clinical features, and also tended to repeat their answer to part a when answering part b.