Total abdominal hysterectomy bilateral salpingo oophorectomy (TAHBSO) is the removal of entire uterus, the ovaries, fallopian tubes and the cervix. TAHBSO is usually performed in the case of uterine and cervical cancer. This is the most common kind of hysterectomy. Removal of the ovaries eliminates the main source of the hormone estrogen, so menopause occurs immediately.

Nursing Care Plans

Here are 8 nursing care plans for TAHBSO:

1. Acute Pain

Nursing Diagnosis: Acute Pain secondary to surgical procedure

Due to surgical procedure done that needs a surgical incision there will be presence of trauma in the area that signals an actual tissue damage and inflammation, this damage will cause an inflammation of the nerves when the nerves are affected, there will be the presence of pain.

Possibly evidenced by

Desired Outcomes

  • Report pain is relieved/controlled.
  • Verbalize methods that provide relief.
  • Demonstrate use of relaxation skills and diversional activities.
Nursing Interventions Rationale
Establish rapport To gain trust
Emphasize ordered diet To encourage patient not to eat untolerated food
Monitor vital signs To obtain baseline data
Provide comfort measures To satisfy the confinement of patient
Encourage deep breathing To inhibit pain
Provide safety measure To prevent from injury
Develop communication review procedures/expectations and tell client when treatment will hurt To alter pain and diminish emotional stress
Administer analgesics as indicated to maximal dosage as needed To reduce concern of unknown and associated muscle tension & To maintain acceptable level of pain.

2. Hypothermia

Hypothermia is the sudden decrease of temperature. It is due to different factors such as exposure to cool environment, aging or medications. In a surgical procedure hypothermia occurs due to exposure to the cool environment in the OR. Anesthesia also affects body temperature. Inadequate clothing like the OR gown also contributes to heat loss.

Possibly evidenced by

  • reduction in body temperature below normal range
  • shivering
  • cool skin
  • pallor
  • slow capillary refill
  • cyanotic nail beds
  • hypertension
  • tachycardia

Desired Outcomes

  • Patient will display core temperature within normal range
  • Patient will demonstrate behaviors to monitor and promote normothermia
Nursing Interventions Rationale
Establish rapport To gain trust
Monitor  vital signs To obtain baseline data
Remove wet clothing and prevent pooling of antiseptic solutions under client in OR These measures protect patient from heat loss
Wrap in warm blanket To promote heat
Avoid use of heat clamps or hot water bottles Surface rewarming can lead to rewarming  shock due to surface vasodilation
Administer medications to prevent shivering To avoid increasing in temperature
Use hyperthermia blanket To warm patient
Administer fluids during rewarming To prevent hypovolemic shock
Keep client quiet To reduce potential for fibrillation in cold heart
Provide well-balanced high-calorie diet To replenish glycogen stores and nutritional balance
Perform range-of-motion exercises, provide support hose, reposition, do cough/deep breathing exercises, avoid restrictive clothing To reduce circulatory stasis
Protect skin by repositioning, applying lotion and avoid direct contact with heating appliance or blanket impaired circulation can result in severe tissue damage
Provide patent airway with humidified oxygen when used To provide heat

3. Hyperthermia

Organisms release endotoxin which stimulates the release of pyrogens from the leukocytes resetting the body’s internal thermostat to febrile level then there will be activation of hypothalamus which will result to an increase in epinephrine and heparin, vasoconstriction of cutaneous vessels. Then heat will be produce as peripheral vasodilation results in skin flushing and skin which is warm to touch.

Possibly evidenced by

  • increase in body temperature above normal range
  • flushed skin, warm to touch
  • tachycardia
  • seizures or convulsions

Desired Outcomes

  • Patient will maintain core temperature within normal range
  • Patient will be free from complications of hyperthermia
Nursing Interventions Rationale
Establish rapport To gain trust
Monitor  vital signs To obtain baseline data
Monitor body temperature every 4 hours or more often if indicated To evaluate effectiveness of interventions
Loosen patient’s clothing and remove blankets To promote heat loss through radiation and conduction
Apply ice bags to axilla or groin and do TSB To promote heat loss through evaporation
Administer antipyretic as ordered To reduce fever
Observe patient for confusion or disorientation Changes LOC may result from tissue hypoxia
Determine patient’s preference for liquids Offering patient liquids he prefers promotes adequate hydration
Keep liquids at bedside and within reach To allow patient easy access
Monitor intake and output accurately To identify changes and progress of the treatment
Administer I.V fluid as ordered These measure prevents excessive loss of water, sodium chloride and potassium
Give patient oresol To replace lost fluid and electrolytes
Provide supplemental oxygen To offset increase oxygen demands and consumption

4. Anxiety

Due to upcoming surgical procedure patients are usually experiencing anxiety. The brain signals our body part to initiate responses such as fatigue, nausea and abdominal pain.

Possibly Evidenced By

  • Patient may raise concerns due to change in life event
  • fear
  • nausea
  • abdominal pain
  • fatigue
  • sleep disturbance
  • urinary hesitancy
  • poor eye contact
  • extraneous movement
  • restlessness
  • irritability
  • anorexia
  • insomnia
  • impaired attention
  • Trembling, hand tremors

Desired Outcomes

  • Patient will verbalize awareness of feelings of anxiety
  • Patient will appear relaxed and report anxiety is reduced to a manageable level
Nursing Interventions Rationale
Establish rapport To gain trust
Monitor  vital signs To obtain baseline data
Listen attentively; allow patient to express feelings verbally To allow patient to identify anxious behaviors and discover source of anxiety
Identify and reduce as many environment stressors Anxiety commonly results from lack of trust in the environment
Provide accurate information about the situation Helps the patient what is reality based
Provide comfort measures like back rub and soft music To decrease autonomic response to anxiety
Use cognitive therapy To correct faulty catastrophic interpretations of physical symptoms
Refer patient to professional mental health resources To provide ongoing mental health assistance

5. Fatigue

Due to poor physical condition after surgical procedure, body insist demands of nutrition and oxygen that results to fatigue

Possibly Evidenced By

Desired Outcomes

  • patient will demonstrate an increase energy output with presence of fatigue
  • patient will perform activities of daily living and participate in desired activities at level of ability

Nursing Interventions

Nursing Interventions Rationale
Establish rapport To gain trust
Monitor vital signs To obtain maintenance data
Evaluate the need for individual assistance and discuss lifestyle changes imposed by fatigue state To determine degree of fatigue
Establish realistic activity goals with client Enhance commitment in promoting optimal outcomes
Instruct client in ways to monitor responses to activity and significant signs and symptoms To indicate the need to alter activity level

6. Sexual Dysfunction

Dysfunction of the female reproductive system can produce depression and even anxiety. The patient experiences this due to deficient knowledge about the dysfunction and the decrease in sexual desire.

Nursing Diagnosis: Sexual Dysfunction related to altered body structure and function

Possibly Evidenced By

  • problem such as loss of sexual desire
  • inability to achieved desired satisfaction
  • conflicts involving values
  • alteration in relationship with SO
  • Change of interest in self and others

Desired Outcomes

  • patient will identify stressors in lifestyle that may contribute to the dysfunction
  • patients will verbalize understanding of individual reasons for sexual problems

7. Risk for Infection

The skin considered as the first line of defense against any foreign organism when surgical procedure impaired the skin, possible entry of microorganism therefore may cause infection.

Nursing Diagnosis: Risk for infection secondary to surgical incision

Possibly Evidenced By

  • Weakness
  • Pallor-with dry and intact dressing on the area.
  • Pain over the incision
  • Irritability
  • Presence of intact dressing
  • Impaired physical mobility
  • Diaphoresis
  • Fever
  • Seizures

Desired Outcomes

  • Patient shall identify and demonstrate intervention to prevent infection
Nursing Interventions Rationale
Establish rapport To gain trust
Monitor V.S. To obtain baseline data
Note signs and symptoms of sepsis To reduce complication and monitor for infection
Provide wound healing such as cleaning of wound To reduce risk for infection
Provide care, change dressing as needed To promote healing to the incision
Encourage increase intake of Vitamin C as ordered To prevent infection to increase immune resistance
Encourage deep breathing exercise To facilitate non-pharmacological pain management

8. Risk for Deficient Fluid Volume

Decreased intravascular, interstitial, or intracellular fluid refers to dehydration. Fluid volume deficit or hypovolemia occurs from a loss of body fluid or the shift of fluids into the third space or reduced fluid intake. Common sources for fluid loss are the gastrointestinal tract, polyuria and increased perspiration. It also occurs to patient who underwent surgery. In an operation the patient is losing too much body fluid through blood loss that can lead to deficient fluid.


Possibly Evidenced By

  • thirst
  • weakness
  • decrease urine output
  • sudden weight loss
  • decreased skin turgor
  • dry mucous membranes
  • sunken eyeballs
  • change in mental state

Desired Outcomes

  • patient will identify risk factors and appropriate interventions
  • patient will demonstrate behaviors or lifestyle changes to prevent development of fluid volume deficit
Nursing Interventions Rationale
Establish rapport To gain trust
Monitor vital signs To obtain maintenance data
Encourage increase oral fluid intake To replace lost fluids
Provide supplemental fluids as ordered Prevents peak in fluid level
Monitor intake and output To ensure accurate picture of fluid status
Provide safety measures Confusion can lead to accidents
Encourage the use of oresol To replace loss electrolyte.

Postoperative Care

Main Article: TAHBSO Surgical Procedure and Perioperative Management

  1. Determines patient’s immediate response to surgical intervention.
  2. Monitor patient’s physiologic status.
  3. Assess patient’s pain level and administers appropriate pain relief measures.
  4. Maintains patient’s safety(airway, circulation, prevention of injury)
  5. Administer medication, fluid and blood component therapy, if prescribed.
  6. Assess patient’s readiness for transfer to in hospital unit or for discharge home based on institutional policy.

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