Providing Nursing Care For A Patient After a Colonoscopy

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					Providing Nursing Care For A Patient After a Colonoscopy


A colonoscopy is a examination that is used to screen for
colon cancer. It is also used to evaluate abdominal problems
such as abdominal pain, rectal bleeding and changes in
bowel habits. It is done by passing a colonoscope into the
large intestine. After this procedure, a nurse monitors the
patient for complications and provides care to prevent this.




Instructions




1


Check your patients vital signs after a colonoscopy
procedure. Do this to make sure he does not have an
adverse reaction to the procedure and that his vital signs are
stable.
2


Observe your patient for signs of bowel perforation. Due to
the nature of this procedure, your patient is at risk for
punctured bowels or intestines. Look for the following signs:
excessive or prolonged rectal bleeding, severe abdominal
pain, fever, or chills. If any of these are present, contact your
patients physician.
3


Inform your patient that he may resume eating his normal
diet after he recovers from sedation. Let him know also that
he can do this only with his physician approval
4


Provide your patient with privacy after a colonscopy. Do this,
so that he can rest. Let know that it is normal for him to pass
blood tinged stools after this procedure but that heavy
bleeding should be reported immediately.

				
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