Nursing Care Plans
The following are Nursing Care Plans for patients with Pancreatitis. Keep in mind that NCPs should be patient-based and these are only guide NCPs which are book based and should not be used for care to actual patients.
The predominant clinical feature in pancreatitis is abdominal pain caused by edematous distention of the pancreatic capsule, local peritonitis resulting from enzyme release into the peritoneum, ductal spasm, or pancreatic autodigestion stimulated by increased enzyme secretion when eating.
Risk for Imbalanced Fluid Volume
Clients with severe pancreatitis may exhibit severe circulatory complications, such as hypotension; pallor; cool, clammy skin; hypovolemia; hypoperfusion; obtundation and shock. Shock is not unusual; it may result from the following: (1) Hypovolemia secondary to loss of blood and plasma proteins into the retroperitoneal space, (2) increased formation and release of kinins, which cause vasodilation and increased vascular permeability.
Imbalanced Nutrition: Less Than Body Requirements
Other clinical findings of pancreatitis include subcutaneous fat necrosis. These are caused by hyperosmolality, hypoperfusion, and hypoxia due to inability to ingest or digest food and absorb nutrients.