Nursing Diagnosis for Imbalanced Nutrition : Less Than Body Requirements

Nursing Diagnosis for Imbalanced Nutrition : Less Than Body Requirements

Definition: Intake of nutrients insufficient to meet metabolic needs.


Characteristics :
  • Loss of weight
  • Lack of interest in food
  • Pale conjunctiva and mucous membranes
  • Poor muscle tone
  • Amenorrhea
  • Poor skin turgor
  • Edema of extremities
  • Electrolyte imbalances
  • Weakness
  • Constipation
  • Anemias

Related Factors
  • Inability to ingest food because of:
  • Depressed mood
  • Loss of appetite
  • Energy level too low to meet own nutritional needs
  • Regression to lower level of development
  • Ideas of self-destruction

Goals
  • Client will gain 2 pounds per week for the next 3 weeks.
  • Client will exhibit no signs or symptoms of malnutrition by time of discharge from treatment (e.g., electrolytes and blood counts will be within normal limits; a steady weight gain will be demonstrated; constipation will be corrected; client will exhibit increased energy in participation in activities).

Nursing Diagnosis

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