What Is The Nursing Diagnosis For Hyperkalemia?
As is frequently the case with “what is the nursing diagnosis for X” questions on Quora, there is a disclaimer that must be made: This is a MEDICAL diagnosis. There are no nursing diagnoses for it. There are likely nursing diagnoses ASSOCIATED with it. Lets look at why it means to be hyperkalemic… or in laymen’s terms, having high potassium in your bloodstream. It means that somewhere, most likely in the gastrointestinal, renal, or endocrine systems a problem has occurred. Before we can figure out how to fix the kyperkalemia, we need to know WHY the patient is in this state. It it excessive intake? Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA)? Renal failure? A licensed independent practitioner (LIP) will need to figure this one out for the nurse (or at least officially make the decision as it is out of the scope of the RN to make this call). The nursing role will be to support the medical diagnosis and selected interventions. This is where we start to see some nursing diagnosis actually emerge. IV access will most likely be needed. Associated nursing diagnosis: Risk for bleeding, risk for infection, risk for impaired healing, risk for altered body image. If this is a DKA issue, then it is p Continue reading >>