All patients with symptomatic caustic ingestions should be admitted to the hospital. Patients with grade 1 and 2a lesions will do well but warrant hospitalization to ensure that symptoms do not progress. The majority of ocular injuries will require ED ophthalmology consultation and follow-up. Mild to moderate dermal injuries can be safely discharged after local wound irrigation, aseptic dressings, and close follow-up. The following dermal exposures may warrant admission: injuries that cross flexor or extensor surfaces, facial injuries, injuries to the perineum, partial-thickness injuries greater than 10 to 15 percent of body surface area, all full-thickness injuries, and less severe injuries in patients at the extremes of age.
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