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by monkey3369 monkey3369 (New Member) New Member

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I am so lost with nursing diagnoses. I should be further along, but, it's all foreign to me still. Anyway, I was wondering if the following is a good beginning to a physiological nursing diagnosis:

Impaired mobility related to inflammation of both right and left feet as evidenced by observing bilateral edema of feet and ankles.

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You're not that lost. :) I've seen some really bad ones. Lol.

It sounds good to me. Although personally, I would remove the word "both".

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Not that anyone would want to! Hang in there. It will all be over soon. ;)

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FutureNurseInfo has 1 years experience.

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I am in the same boat as you; nursing diagnoses are beasts! This is how I would rephrase it though: Impaired Mobility r/t inflammation of feet aeb bilateral edema of feet and ankles.

One trick that I use to check if my nursing dx makes sense is to read it backwards. For example, using your dx, I can read it backwards and this is what I get: inflammation of feet CAUSES problems (impaired) with mobility. Does it make sense? I think it does. However, if it did not, or sounded strange, most likely the etiology was off. I hope that helps!

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Cupcake2018 has 1 years experience.

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What evidence do you have that suggests an impaired mobility issue besides just bilateral edema? Does the patient need assistance when ambulating or doing ADLs? Are they unable to move freely in their bed? Has the edema caused them to spend more time in bed than normal? Does the edema affect the patient's gait or step?

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