C-diff NANDA

  1. My pt had c-diff. I'm thinking more along the lines for my nanda to be
    dehydration r/t infectious disease

    or

    bowel incontinence r/t infectious disease

    However my teaching for the stg is the standard and contact precautions. My long term goal would be something like pt will have normal bowels, or will have no skin breakdown ,or will stay hydrated while in care facility? Any other ideas? This is my last care plan and I've been working on it for 2 days.
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  3. by   Daytonite
    If this is the patient that you just did the post on for your charting your diagnosis should be:
    • Diarrhea R/T infectious process secondary to C-Diff enteritis AEB xx # of loose liquid stools per day
    Long term goal: To have a formed soft stool once a day by ____.
    Short term goals: Stop diarrhea, maintain intact skin, maintain good skin turgor by ____

    The nursing diagnosis for dehydration (dehydration is a medical diagnosis, by the way, and you can't use that wording) is Deficient Fluid Volume. It would have to be worded Deficient Fluid Volume R/T active fluid volume loss AEB frequent loose liquid stools, weakness, decreased skin turgor and decreased urine output. However, all the problems of dehydration can be addressed in the nursing diagnosis for Diarrhea.
  4. by   fizzgigger
    Thank you so much, I got a much better on my last care plan! I bought 3 books and studied all weekend long. I prolly killed half a tree redoing it over and over. So the top 5 NANDA for this person would be:

    Diarrhea R/T infectious process secondary to C-Diff enteritis AEB constant dribbling of stool, positive stool culture

    Deficient Fluid Volume R/T active fluid volume loss AEB frequent loose liquid stools, weakness, decreased skin turgor and decreased urine output

    Risk for skin integrity r/t moisture AEB loose liquid stools, physical immobility and age

    Acute confusion r/t fluid volume loss AEB misperceptions and fluctuation in level of consciousness

    We have to have 5 top priorities for our master care plan. Do you think these are okay? I need one more, I'll keep thinking and looking through my books. But so far the number one top priority would be
    (the one that would possibly lead to death as said by my teacher) either the diarhhea or the fluid loss? But then again diarrhea leads to fluid loss so that would be the top priority? Again I talk out loud and to help myself! Thanks again!
    Last edit by fizzgigger on Nov 24, '07 : Reason: error
  5. by   Daytonite
    I couldn't possibly say because I know nothing about your patient and you have provided no information about the patient. All you've done is listed some nursing diagnoses and said nothing about the patient's assessment which is the most important thing. These nursing diagnoses are nothing but labels for the problems that the patient has. They are in the wrong order of priority. The patient will die from dehydration (fluid loss) before the C-Diff infection. The order of priority should be:
    1. Deficient Fluid Volume R/T active fluid volume loss AEB frequent loose liquid stools, weakness, decreased skin turgor and decreased urine output
    2. Diarrhea R/T infectious process secondary to C-Diff enteritis AEB constant dribbling of stool, positive stool culture
    3. Acute confusion r/t fluid volume loss AEB misperceptions and fluctuation in level of consciousness
    4. Risk for skin integrity r/t moisture AEB loose liquid stools, physical immobility and age
  6. by   fizzgigger
    Daytonite> I'm sorry, I thought I had listed the assessment from my previous narrative notes. You actually were the one that helped me rewrite and correct some of my notes. It was as follows:


    7:05 Standard & contact precautions maintained. Lying in bed in supine position, resting with eyes closed, mouth open. R-15, equal and unlabored. IV patent & intact on right inner forearm. Free from redness, edema and drainage. Infusing 40cc/hr of 1000ml D-5-W. O2 2liters by nasula cannula. Foley draining by gravity. Urine reddish brown. Both feet in foot pillow under bed cradle. Large left toe with dry dressing, no fluid or drainage present. Bed alarm on, side rails up x2. Remains in bed with eyes closed. Reported urine color to nurse. -----------------s. butler svn


    8:30 In bed, supine position, eyes open. Son and daughter-in-law present. No acute distress noted at this time. NPO due to EGD 11.12.2007. VS t -96.6, p 102, r18, bp 123/65. Pulse oximetry 100%. Orientated x2, disorientated to time. Responds to verbal loud stimuli, hearing aid x2. Incomprehensible speech. Head atraumatic, free of infection and normocephalic. Flat affect - Bell's Palsy. Eyes symmetrical, sclera white, pupils irregular and sluggish. Possible cataract surgery. Conjunctiva moist. Drainage bilaterally. Nasal patent bilaterally. 02 at 2 litters by nasal cannula. Buccal mucosa dry, oral mucosa pink and dry. Upper and lower dentures present. Lips dry. Ears symmetrical, dried drainage present. Carotid weak bilaterally. No bruits or thrills present on neck. Full Rom in neck. Breath sounds clear to auscultation. No cough present "She only coughs to clear her throat" states daughter-in-law. R-18 even and unlabored. Apical 65, rhythm equal, s1 and s2 noted but irregular. Skin warm to touch, thin, hyper pigmentation present. Multiple bruises bilaterally on inner and outer forearm and upper arm in various stages of healing. 3 cm bruise noted at old iv site on left hand covered with cotton ball and transparent tape. Iv site patent on right inner forearm, site free of redness/edema/warmth. Dressed with transparent tape. Iv infusing 40cc/ml of 1000 ml d-5-w. Complains of no pain in area. Capillary refill on nail beds <3. Radial pulse weak and bilaterally. Nodule present under skin 1X1 cm , denies pain upon palpation. "She usually flinches when we touch it, even when she's asleep" states daughter-in-law. Weak in both upper extremities, assistance rom. Hypoactive bowel sounds in all 4 quadrants of abdomen. No complaints upon light palpation. Right quads and LUQ soft, LLQ hard. Bowel movements "just runs all day long, constantly goes, we usually can tell she's going when she makes some grunts and that face she's making now" - states daughter-in-law. Grimacing face, no odor present, Runny light brown bm on chux. At risk for skin breakdown r/t limited mobility and incontinence. Incontinent caterher voiding, urine reddish brown color at 100 ml. No cloudiness or clumps present. Lower extremities several bruising bilaterally at various stages of healing. Knees swollen bilaterally, denies pain at touch. Varicose veins present. Dorsalis and tibialis pulses non-palable. Feet cold to touch. Both feet in foot pillows under bed cradle. Weak ROMand strength in both lower extremities. Cap refills >3. Toenails splintered and thick. 2X2 dressing on Greater Large Left toe, no drainage present. Small necrotic tissue present on second left toe <1cm. NPO for EGD today. Normal diet pureed foods. Instructed family to call for any needs or assistance.Rails up X2, bed alarm on, bed in low position. Reported findings to nurse. ---------------sb svn


    9:15 Standard and contact precautions taken. Assisted can in changing chux. Loose light brown stools. Skin bruising and moist skin on sacral area, >10X10 cm. No skin breakdown at this time. Peri care provided. Moisture Barrier Cream applied to sacral and buttock area. Explained reason for sacral area and rational of cream protecting skin and repelling moisture. Instructed family to use call bell for needs or assistance especially when BM has occurred. Explained keeping her dry will help to prevent skin breakdown from runny stools. Verbalized understanding. Bed rails up X2, bed in low position, bed alarm on.---------sb svn


    9:30 resting, eyes closed. Family stated "comfortable". Iv site patent, no signs of distress. Will continue to monitor closely----------------------------------------------------------------------------------sb svn


    10:42 eyes closed in bed. Family reading. Nurse infused piggyback piperail 2.25g @ 75ml/hr. Awoke to stimulus. C/o "dry mouth". Explained she cannot have anything to drink because of procedure scheduled today. Insistent on "dry mouth" Explained again she can't have anything to drink but I can return with mouth swaps to help relieve the dryness. Son voiced concern on what time they will be coming to get her for the procedure, "11 hours is a long time to go without water or food, she must be miserable". Told son i would relay the message to the nurse to call doctor and find out time. 02 at 2liters, pulse oximetry 98%. Reported to nurse--------------------------------------------------------------------sb svn


    11:05 back to room with oral care pack. Pt eyes closed, r even and unlabored. Instructed family how to use swabs and tube of lip care upon her awakening. Explained not to allow her to swallow. ------sb svn


    12:15 pt in bed resting, eyes closed, family present. "Didn't like the swabs, but better than nothing. Still complains of dry mouth." Instructed family to swab again in 30 min to help relieve dryness. Reported now news of doctor call back. ----------------------------------------------------------------sb svn


    12:26 call be rang, "she need to be changed" states daughter-in-law. Called for can. Standard and contact precautions maintained. Brown runny BM. No odor. No consistency. Changed chux. Peri Care provided. Moisture barrier applied to sacral and buttock area. Pt's words incomprehensible. Family states shes "mumbling." Bed rails up X2, bed in low position. Iv site patent, site free of complications. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------sb svn


    1:20 Nurse in room assisting change to stretcher for EGD. Family "relieved" to finally get her to procedure. Reported off to nurse. ----------------------------------------------------------sb svn

    Again i'm sorry for that.
  7. by   Daytonite
    Impaired Physical Mobility
    Last edit by Daytonite on Nov 25, '07
  8. by   krystle746
    Diarrhea is no longer a medical diagnosis as of 2011 and can be used as a nursing diagnosis for those of you still using this for help.

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