4 Osteogenic Sarcoma (Osteosarcoma) Nursing Care Plans


Osteogenic sarcoma (Osteosarcoma) is a primary bone malignancy that usually affects the metaphysics of the long bones (femur, humerus, and tibia). The most common symptoms of osteosarcoma are dull aching pain and swelling in the bone or joint around the tumor. The disease most commonly occurs in children, teenagers, and young adults between the ages of 10 and 20 and it is prevalent in males than females.

Management consists of a combination of treatment that includes amputation of the limb with chemotherapy before and/or following surgery, or a bone and joint prosthesis in selected children to restore the limb with chemotherapy prior the surgery.

Nursing Care Plans

Care plan for a child with osteosarcoma includes prevention of injury, improved condition of oral mucous membranes, relief from anxiety and absence of complications.

Here are four (4) nursing care plans (NCP) and nursing diagnosis (NDx) for osteogenic sarcoma (Osteosarcoma):

  1. Ineffective Protection
  2. Impaired Oral Mucous Membrane
  3. Anxiety
  4. Risk for Injury

Risk for Injury

Nursing Diagnosis

  • Risk for Injury

May be related to

  • [not applicable]

Possibly evidenced by

  • Amputation of a limb
  • Changes in stump incision (redness, irritation, swelling, drainage)
  • Improper fit of prosthesis and failure to adapt to it
  • Improper positioning and alignment of the stump, psychosocial maladaption to prosthesis

Desired Outcomes

  • Child will not experience injury as evidenced by clean and dry stump without redness, odor, or drainage.
Nursing InterventionsRationale
Assess child for type of surgery and
condition and healing of the stump,
type of bandaging or cast, presence
of drains, type of prosthetic device and fit.
Provides information about amputation needed to provide specific care of stump and rehabilitation.
Observe dressing for bleeding, redness, pain, drainage at stump area every 2 to 4 hours; maintain dressing pressure or wrapping of the stump as adviced; change dressing only if ordered.Indicates infection or risk of hemorrhage at amputation.
Allow expressions about sudden lifestyle changes and permanent disability adjustment difficulties.Promotes verbalization of feelings and help to adjust with change in image.
Provide stump and socket care using mild
soap and warm water, rinse and pat dry.
Promotes adaptation to device and prevents infection caused by pathogens transmitted via the prosthetic device.
Assist child with range-of-motion exercises daily as recommended by the physical therapist.Promotes mobility and healing of the stump and prevents contractures.
Maintain Trendelenburg and prone
position as ordered; avoid elevation, external rotation, or abduction of stump.
Prevents deformities and contractures caused by hip flexion.
Instruct child in stump positioning and exercising, ROM of muscles and joints.Prevents muscle or joint complications and enhances mobility.
Teach parents and child in stump
care, toughening exercises, application of stocking and prosthesis, care of device.
Promotes adaptation to loss and proper stump and prosthesis care.
Stress the importance of performing daily activities and avoiding restrictions as advice.Promotes mobility and return to former activities within limitation imposed by amputation and use of the prosthetic device.
Discuss alteration in clothing and
instruct in crutch walking and how to move around the environment.
Enhances body image and return to limited activities.
Reassure the child that feelings of anger, denial, and hostility are normal following such a loss.Promotes acceptance of child while grieving for the loss.
Encourage parents and child to continue
chemotherapy and rehabilitation therapy.
Promotes healing.


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Paul Martin is a registered nurse with a bachelor of science in nursing since 2007. Having worked as a medical-surgical nurse for five years, he handled different kinds of patients and learned how to provide individualized care to them. Now, his experiences working in the hospital is carried over to his writings to help aspiring students achieve their goals. He is currently working as a nursing instructor and have a particular interest in nursing management, emergency care, critical care, infection control, and public health. As a writer at Nurseslabs, his goal is to impart his clinical knowledge and skills to students and nurses helping them become the best version of themselves and ultimately make an impact in uplifting the nursing profession.