Nursing Interventions for Brain Abscess

  • ArchIntSurg_2013_3_1_66_117138_u2Obtain a thorough history of the patient including history of infections
  • Nursing interventions should support the medical treatment, as do patient teaching activities that address neurosurgical procedures.
  • Advise patients and families of neurologic deficits that may remain after treatment (hemiparesis, seizures, visual deficits, and cranial nerve palsies).
  • Frequently assess neurologic status, especially LOC, speech and sensorimotor and cranial nerve functions.
  • Administer antimicrobial medications as ordered.
  • Administer insulin or electrolyte replacement (as ordered) to return this values to the normal state.
  • Blood laboratory test results especiallyblood glucose and serum potassium levels has to be monitored.
  • Watch out for signs of increased ICP: decreased LOC, vomiting, abnormal pupil response and depressed respirations.
  • Observe for neurological deficits like hemiparesis,seizures,visual deficits etc..
  • Constantly monitor the level of consciousness and the physical status
  • Assess patient’s response to the treatment and provide supportive care
  • Assess the family’s ability to express their distress at the patient’s condition, cope with the patient’s illness and deficits, and obtain support.
  • Always provide safety measures

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