Nursing Diagnosis for Infection

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    I am doing a careplan about infection. I have a patient who has an indwelling catheter and thought a nursing
    diagnosis related to the catheter would be a good idea.

    Can my nursing diagnosis read: High Risk for infection related to Indwelling Catheter. For my Goal I write. Client should not develop any infection from indwelling catheter. I am looking in my careplan book for nursing interventions and rationales. Just wanted to find out from anyone if I am on the right track.

    Thanks in advance.

    D
  2. 10 Comments so far...

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    for interventions you could use : clean catheter area to make sure it remains clean from feces
    deemarys likes this.
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    Risk for Infection R/T invasive indwelling urinary catheter.
    Goal: Client will remain free of infection.
    deemarys likes this.
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    For interventions- think- how would you know if the pt were to develop a UTI? This is what to look for.
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    and also, what s/sx can you educate the patient on to report to the nurse asap?
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    Interventions for "Risk for" nursing diagnoses are limited to:
    • strategies to prevent the problem (in this case, infection) from happening in the first place
    • monitoring for the specific signs and symptoms of this problem (in this case, infection)
    • reporting any symptoms that do occur to the doctor or other concerned
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    Quote from Daytonite
    Interventions for "Risk for" nursing diagnoses are limited to:
    • strategies to prevent the problem (in this case, infection) from happening in the first place
    • monitoring for the specific signs and symptoms of this problem (in this case, infection)
    • reporting any symptoms that do occur to the doctor or other concerned

    This patient doesn't speak, he uses nonverbal communication (example) nodding the head when asked a question.

    How would I know if he had UTI? Would the color of his urine be an indicator? He has a high tolerance for pain, usually never complains about anything. His vitals are normal. I will do more research on this...
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    Quote from Daytonite
    Interventions for "Risk for" nursing diagnoses are limited to:
    • strategies to prevent the problem (in this case, infection) from happening in the first place
    • monitoring for the specific signs and symptoms of this problem (in this case, infection)
    • reporting any symptoms that do occur to the doctor or other concerned
    I input nursing interventions for this diagnosis:

    Minimize patients risk of infection washing hands before and after providing care.

    Use sterile technique when inserting indwelling urinary catheter.

    Clean catheter area to make sure it remains clean from feces. Ensure that perianal area is clean after elimination.


    Wearing gloves to maintain asepsis when providing direct care


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    How would I know if he had UTI?
    I know you said you would research this, but here's a clue: Vital signs. What vital signs would be affected by infection, and how?

    And just because a patient is non-verbal does not mean that he cannot communicate discomfort. Think of the face scale for pain.

    Would the color of his urine be an indicator?
    The urine itself can also have indicators of infection. Change in odor and color, and Urinalysis lab results. Research those changes that would occur with UTI.
    deemarys likes this.
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    Quote from Daytonite
    Risk for Infection R/T invasive indwelling urinary catheter.
    Goal: Client will remain free of infection.
    For Target date/Goal

    I entered Client will remain free of infection. I was told that I had to put in a time or date. I am confused because shouldn't it always remain free of infection from point of procedure until its removed. How would I
    word that since they want specific dates?


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