The nurse caring for a patient who is recovering from full- thickness burns is aware of the patients risk for contracture and hypertrophic scarring. How can the nurse best mitigate this risk?

Answer Explanation: Exercise and the promotion of mobility can reduce the risk of contracture and hypertrophic scarring. Skin emollients are not normally used in the treatment of burns, and these do not prevent scarring. Steroids are not used to reduce scarring, as they also slow the healing process.

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