SN educated patient on finasteride, sold under the brand names Proscar and Propecia among others, is a medication used mainly to treat an enlarged prostate as it may improve the symptoms associated with BPH such as difficulty urinating, getting up during the night to urinate, hesitation at the start and end of urination, and decreased urinary flow. Understanding was verbalized.
SN observed bag technique and performed proper hand washing per CDC guideline before and after patient contact. Vital signs taken & recorded. Assessed all body systems with focus on urological status. SN educated patient/pcg that benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a condition where the prostate glands become enlarged which usually happens when a man ages. It may compress the urethra which courses through the center of the prostate. This can impede the flow of urine from the bladder through the urethra to the outside. It can cause urine to back up in the bladder leading to the need to urinate frequently during the day and night. Signs and symptoms of BPH include hesitant, interrupted, weak stream of urine, urgency and leaking or dribbling, more frequent urination, especially at night. Possible complications of BPH include urinary tract infection and complete blockage of urethra/ SN instructed patient/pcg for patient to increase fluid intake, drink 6-8 glasses of water to prevent the onset of urinary tract infection which is characterized by cloudy urine, fever, foul odor, pain in bladder area. SN instructed patient to report to SN or MD if any of these symptoms occurs and become bothersome or if pain persists go to the nearest hospital or ER.