Risk for Infection – Nursing Care Plan for Anemia

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Risk for Infection - Nursing Care Plan for AnemiaAnemia is a decrease in number of red blood cells (RBCs) or less than the normal quantity of hemoglobin in the blood. For men, anemia is typically defined as hemoglobin level of less than 13.5 gram/100 ml and in women as hemoglobin of less than 12.0 gram/100 ml.

Anemia is caused essentially through two basic pathways. Anemia is caused by either:

Other types of anemia include:

Symptoms of anemia may include the following : fatigue, decreased energy, weakness, shortness of breath, lightheadedness, palpitations (feeling of the heart racing or beating irregularly) and looking pale.

Symptoms of severe anemia may include : chest pain, angina, or heart attack, dizziness, fainting or passing out and rapid heart rate.

Anemia is typically diagnosed on a complete blood count. Apart from reporting the number of red blood cells and the hemoglobin level, the automatic counters also measure the size of the red blood cells by flow cytometry, which is an important tool in distinguishing between the causes of anemia. Examination of a stained blood smear using a microscope can also be helpful, and it is sometimes a necessity in regions of the world where automated analysis is less accessible.

Nursing Diagnosis for Anema : Risk for Infection related to decreased immunity, invasive procedures


Expected outcomes:

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Control of infection:

Protection of infection:

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Comment from Barbara
Time March 29, 2013 at 12:01 pm

Thank you for the great content!

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