Nursing Interventions for Pancreatitis
November 11, 2010 | In: Nursing Interventions
Nursing Interventions: Pancreatitis
- Maintain the nasogastric tube for drainage or suctioning.
- Restrict the patient to bed rest, and provide a quiet and restful environment.
- Place the patient in comfortable position that allows maximal chest expansion.
- Keep water and other beverages at bed side, and encourage the patient to drink plenty of fluids.
- Provide I.V. fluids and parenteral nutrition as ordered.
- Assess the patient’s level of pain.
- Assess pulmonary status at least every 4 hours to detect early signs of respiratory complications.
- Monitor fluid and electrolyte balance, and report any abnormalities.
- Emphasize the importance of avoiding factors that precipitate acute pancreatitis especially alcohol.
- Stress the need for a diet high in carbohydrates and low in protein and fats.
- Caution the patient to avoid caffeinated beverages and irritating foods.