Nursing Diagnosis Risk for Infection

Nursing Diagnosis Risk for Infection

Definition: At increased risk for being invaded by pathogenic organisms
Related Factors: See Risk Factors.
Risk Factors:

Invasive procedures; insufficient knowledge regarding avoidance of exposure to pathogens; trauma; tissue destruction and increased environmental exposure; rupture of amniotic membranes; pharmaceutical agents (e.g., immunosuppressants); malnutrition; increased environmental exposure to pathogens; immunosuppression; inadequate acquired immunity; inadequate secondary defenses (e.g., decreased hemoglobin, leukopenia, suppressed inflammatory response); inadequate primary defenses (e.g., broken skin, traumatized tissue, decrease in ciliary action, stasis of body fluids, change in pH secretions, altered peristalsis); chronic disease.

NOC Outcomes (Nursing Outcomes Classification)
Suggested NOC Labels

Immune Status
Knowledge: Infection Control
Risk Control
Risk Detection

NIC Interventions (Nursing Interventions Classification)
Suggested NIC Labels

Infection Control
Infection Protection

Client Outcomes

Remains free from symptoms of infection
States symptoms of infection of which to be aware
Demonstrates appropriate care of infection-prone site
Maintains white blood cell count and differential within normal limits
Demonstrates appropriate hygienic measures such as hand washing, oral care, and perineal care.

Nursing Diagnosis

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