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Nursing Diagnosis For Edema In Legs
Edema, sob, weakness: Although, this could be caused by other diseases, CHF is the first thing that should come to your mind if you have a patient with increasing leg edema and shortness of breath and crackles in the lungs with congested neck veins. These patients need prompt medical attention including diuresis, salt and fluid restriction, and work up for the reason for the development of chf. ...Read more
Fluid in the tissues, either caused by something local to the swollen area like an injury or inflammation, or from the body's retention of water. Gravity brings the fluid to the feet & legs in that case. As a general rule, if one foot is swollen, something is wrong with the foot. If both feet are swollen, it's not the feet, but water ...Read more
Do your homework: The site is not a shortcut for you to get your nursing homework answered for you. Apply yourself ; acquire the answers from the texts ; sources in your curriculum. To be successful as a nurse you need to do the work ; gain the skills or you will be neither happy or successful. ...Read more
Not sure of question: There are several causes of cholangitis, bacterial and autoimmune. Bacterial cholangitis has several causes, ascending infection caused by blockage from stones (choledocholithiasis), malignancy or iatrogenic. This is because bacteria grow in the stagnant bile upstream of the blockage and cause biliary sepsis. Autoimmune cholangitis also includes primary sclerosing cholangitis. ...Read more
Counts pulse: The nurse would feel your pulse usually at the wrist to determine the number of heart beats per minute. If it is less than 60, that is defined as bradycardia. An EKG would determine the exact rhythm responsible for the slow pulse. ...Read more
Same as for MDs: Nurses use the same "playbook" as doctors. It would not make sense for nurses to refer to the same conditions by different names as do physicians. In fact, one of the major outcomes of the flexner commission in modernizing and unifying medical education. ...Read more
Study materials: This site is designed to answer questions about medical questions from the public. Your instructors will expect you to study your references and acquire the jargon they use in your nursing studies. It is important that you do so as they will know if you don't. ...Read more
Elevation: Non-drug interventions for lower extremity edema are all about increasing flow of lymph fluid back to the heart. Elevating the limbs to, or above, the level of the heart will help. Also, compression with ACE wraps or compression stockings will help squeeze the fluid out of the tissue and also help stop it from accumulating. If you are having new or worsened swelling, please see your physician. ...Read more
Skin care: Leg casts for femur fractures can develop pressure sores at the proximal and distal areas of the cast. Also if in a very young child, soiling of the padding can lead to eventual skin breakdown. Meticulous inspection of the cast margins a couple times of day to make sure there are not visible pressure points, redness or abrasions would be helpful. Cast modification/change may be needed. ...Read more
Pregnant/nursing 18 months and have first period. It is very heavy with blood running down my legs every hours. Normal?
Could be...: After not having your period for a prolonged period of time, in this case due to breastfeeding, you can have a profuse bleeding. However, if the bleeding is that bad, and for example, changing pads every hour or less, you need to be seen immediately. Call you gynecologist ASAP for immediate evaluation. If you feel dizzy, weak with palpitations, shortness of breath go now to the emergency room. ...Read more
I'm a nursing mom I'm suffering from a sciatica with a strong pain in my right leg my neurologist gave me " Celebrex" celecoxib, I'm afraid to use it?
Had baby4 months ago and am nursing. Noticed a long blue veins on thigh more prominent now but not varicose. What causes this?
My ortho suggested a synvisc (hylan g-f 20) shot for my arthritic knee. Just had my last steroid shot. Dose synvisc (hylan g-f 20) really work? I am obese and work in a nursing
Yes it does work: Response to treatment with synvisc (hylan g-f 20) depends on a lot factors, like what kind of arthritis, how long how advanced, but generally most of my patients for whom I tried synvisc (hylan g-f 20) the results were more than satisfactory. So I do recommend it to patients with arthritis. ...Read more
Major ankle reconst. Surg. Soon and I'm allergic to vicodin, percocet, dilaudid, bentyl, (dicyclomine) and darvocet. What else is there? Nursing a 14 mo old.
I don't have TB scar on my arm or thigh, & I'll be going to chest hospital as a nursing student, will it be dangerous? I have pulm HTN 42mmHg, had asthma
Infection control: Make sure you check in with the infection control department at the chest hospital. They will be able to advise you either for getting vaccinated if endemic area or use protective mask as needed. ...Read more
My aunt is 45years old has left leg non pitting edema due to much walking (relatively) what is the diagnosis &ttt?
I do not know: Your aunt would need a clinical exam to truly diagnose her, and HealthTap is not intended to give diagnosis over the computer, but to provide information and help in health matters. Best wishes. ...Read more
What rheumatic diseases cause edema (in legs and arms) and widespread swelling with joint pain? I have diagnosis of seronegative spondlyoarthritis.
None. See yur doctor: None of the rheumatic diseases directly cause swelling in the hands & legs. This is more likely a side effect of medications (especially steroids & DMARDs like Enbrel) or a separate problem of the liver (cirrhosis), kidney (nephropathy), or heart (heart failure). There are autoimmune causes of cirrhosis & nephropathy. In this forum, it is hard to say if they are related to seroneg spondylarthritis ...Read more
Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more
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