I have a case study to complete on a pt with Congestive heart failure/COPD/osteoarthritis/osteoporosis. I'm stuck on the expected nursing diagnosis' for them.
This is what I have so far:
Impaired gas exchange,
Ineffective airway clearance,
Ineffective breathing pattern,
impaired physical mobility,
risk of falls,
risk of impaired skin integrity,
decreased cardiac output,
Episodes of dyspnea,
Potential for fluid volume overload,
Altered cardiopulmonary tissue perfusion ,
Risk of constipation
Self care deficit -grooming/bathing
Imbalanced nutrition, less than body requirements
Can anyone think of anything that I have missed?
Thanks in advance
Jan 30, '10
chris, i don't know why you say you are stuck. that's an impressive list. unfortunately, a nursing diagnosis is merely a name for a nursing problem which has a much broader definition. a nursing problem is based on a patient's response
to what is happening to them. all you've told us is that the patient has congestive heart failure, copd, osteoarthritis, and osteoporosis. these are medical diagnoses. your question is no different than if a medical student said, "i have a case study to complete on a pt with nursing diagnoses of impaired gas exchange, ineffective airway clearance, ineffective breathing pattern, anxiety, and chronic fatigue but i'm stuck on the expected medical diagnosis' for them." you'd laugh behind his back and wonder what medical college he went to. there is a process we use for diagnosing. it is called the nursing process. it involves first thoroughly assessing the patient and then going through all the signs and symptoms of their diseases and conditions because they form the basis for the nursing problems that that they have. every nursing problem has a group of signs and symptoms. since you have provided none of that information there is no way i can know if the list you provided is correct or not for this patient.
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and if you still have questions, ask.
Jan 30, '10
failure to thrive r/t disability
hopelessness r/t chronic illness
death anxiety r/t terminal illness
ineffective tissue perfusion r/t decreased cellular exchange
disturbed body image r/t negative self image
social isolation r/t altered state of wellness
Hope this helped a little.
Jan 30, '10
Sorry, I didn't give enough information.
Here's what I should have said about the case study:
A 78yr old pt diagnosed with CHF, COPD, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis
He is a thin man who appears malnourished. Has smoked for many years. Can only walk short distances with a frame. Is stooped and breathless. Fingers are clubbed and lips/fingertips have a bluish tinge. Lives alone but is visited by daughter once a week. Has been admitted to hospital with acute confusion and a productive cough that is producing yellow/brown sputum with an offensive smell.
Identify the expected nursing problems and suggest nursing interventions that could be inititated.
Given the above info, if anyone can think of something I may have missed in my original post I would greatly appreciate knowing!
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