help prioritize nursing dx !!!!!!!!!please

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can someone please help me with this??? I have to prioritize these nursing DX i know how but some of them are alike and I am stuck. I have to list them in priority of importance.. these are on a well newborn....

they are : risk for ineffective airway clearance r/t increased mucus

risk fro ineffective breathing pattern r/t fatique

risk for aspiration r/t immature gag reflex

risk for impaired gas exchange r/t collapsed aveoli

risk for fluid volume deficit r/t poor suck

risk for altered nutrition

risk for altered thermoregulation r/t large body surface area

risk for injury r/t misidentification for helpless infant

impaired skin integrity r/t interuption of nerves tissues and blood vessels

knowledge deficit cord care r/t mothers inexperience

acute pain r/t interuption of nerves and blood vessels and tissues

please help!!!!!

kahumai, RN

304 Posts

Specializes in Cardiac Telemetry.

We were taught to priortize first by ABC's (airway - breathing - circulation), and then by Maslow's hierarchy of needs. Good Luck! :)

Specializes in 5 yrs OR, ASU Pre-Op 2 yr. ER.

Airway, airway, airway.


162 Posts

Haven't had any OB/GYN, but the others are right. Like my instructor said, "If they aren't breathing, nothing else matters." I lack the knowledge to prioritize those but definitely the first 4 would be at the top of the list.


437 Posts

Always go with the ABCs ! Others are secondary -- I think Maslow's hierarchy is a good guide. I love the "if they aren't breathing nothing else matters!!" Am going to use that to remind my orientees! Hope I don't have to pay someone royalties for its use!:)

pokey sn

215 Posts

Oxygen, Pain, Foods/Fluids, Asepsis(Safety), etc. Maslow's Hierc. is the place to guide you in your prioritization. Oxygen needs are always first and in writing a care plan for class, use the most pertinent diagnosis (the one needing the most attention and intervention) to write your interventions on. You probably don't need to do all of those airway diagnoses. Also always do actual problems instead of at risk for problems. I hope this helps.


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thank you so much for your help , I have my care plans done we just had to make a list of dx and prioritize them and turn them in with the care plans .. it had to be a list of 10 - 12 to turn it with the care plans.. thanks so much....

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