yeah, look it up!!! a good nursing diagnosis book is indepsensible, and infection is VERY easy to find.
Oct 7, '06
Yep. A good nurse's pocket guide is invaluable. We had to do an assignment on writing nursing Dx's and it was really very helpful. Especially cause it has s/s, definitions, and priority interventions for each dx. Very useful.
Oct 7, '06
am0nah. . .infection is too broad a category to get information for. this is your second post asking for information about a nursing diagnosis. i can tell from the way you are asking that you are having problems formulating nursing diagnoses. i don't know what textbooks you have, but in choosing a nursing diagnosis for any patient you always start, not with the medical diagnosis of the infection, but with the symptoms that the patient is having. before the onset of symptoms of his/her infection, the patient experiences the inflammatory response: redness, heat, pain, edema and often loss of function of the body part involved due to pain and edema. as the infecting agent (bacteria or virus) continues unstopped the patient may experience fever and evidence of leukocytosis. if there is an open wound it may have purulent drainage.
in order to help you write any nursing diagnosis for your patient you need to be more specific than to just say "infection". what do you know is infected? what are your patient's symptoms? does he have a wound? what does it look like? i need to know this information in order to help you out.
there is no nursing diagnosis for an infection. only for the risk of an infection. so, if the patient already has an infection, you have to use nursing diagnoses to treat the problems connected with the symptoms of the infection. i recommend that you read through the information in these threads on the nursing student forums to help you with your care planning. if you still have a question about how to proceed with this then ask a more specific question and i will help you.