Posted: March 26th, 2018

Penetrating eye injury – initial nursing action

A client with penetrating eye injury

The client arrives in the emergency room with a penetrating eye injury from wood chips while cutting wood. The nurse assesses the eye and notes a piece of wood protruding from the eye; what is the initial nursing action?

1. Remove the piece of wood using a sterile eye clamp
2. Apply an eye patch
3. Perform visual acuity tests
4. Irrigate the eye with sterile saline.

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