How is extensive skin involvement in toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN) managed in the emergency department (ED)?

Updated: Jul 01, 2021
  • Author: Samantha P Jellinek-Cohen, PharmD, BCPS (AQ-ID); Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Patients with extensive skin involvement require reverse isolation and a sterile environment. Areas of skin erosion should be covered with nonadherent protective dressings such as petrolatum gauze. Respiratory distress may result from mucosal sloughing and edema and may necessitate endotracheal intubation and ventilation.


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