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Instructed patient call your nurse right away if you have any of the following: Signs of infection at the catheter site (pain, redness, drainage, burning, or stinging) Coughing, wheezing, or shortness of breath, a racing or irregular heartbeat. Call your nurse right away if you have any of the following: Muscle stiffness or trouble moving, gurgling noises coming from the catheter, the catheter falls out, breaks, cracks, leaks, or has other damage.
Instructed patient a secure, clean and intact dressing is essential to prevent catheter migration and infection. Never pull on the catheter. Protect the lumen so they do not inadvertently get caught or tugged on. Call your nurse right away if you have any of the following: Pain in your shoulder, chest, back, arm, or leg, fever of 100.4°F or higher, chills.
Instructed patient about external fistulas cause discharge through the skin. They are accompanied by other symptoms, including: abdominal pain, painful bowel obstruction, fever, elevated white blood cell count. Prevent skin maceration and breakdown from corrosive effluent and wound infection. Patient comfort, accurate measurement of effluents, patient mobility protect skin from damage from effluent, containment of effluent, odor control.
Instructed patient through the use of negative pressure wound therapy, a standard surgical drain, and optimized nutrition, fistula drainage was redirected and the abdominal wound healed, leaving a drain controlled enterocutaneous fistula. Patient control of fistula drainage and protection of surrounding tissue and skin is a principle of early fistula management.
Instructed patient classic barriers to spontaneous closure include distal obstruction, mucocutaneous continuity (ie, a short or epithelialized tract), and infection or malignancy in the tract. Comprehensive and effective management of the patient with fistula requires attention to fluid and electrolyte replacement, per fistula, skin, protection, infection control.