Ulcerative Colitis Concept Map
This paper is being submitted on September 5, 2013, for Ms. Carole Guye’s NUR2034C
Fundamentals of Professional Nursing.
ULCERATIVE COLITIS CONCEPT MAP 2
ULCERATIVE COLITIS (UC)
PATIENT TEACHING Information about UC including acute
episodes, remissions and symptom mgmt. Monitor for signs &symptoms of GI bleeding Ostomy care management Identify outpatient support groups Self-management at home (Winkelman, 2013)
PATHOPHYSIOLOGY Ulcerative Colitis (UC) usually begins in the rectum. It
may remain localized to the rectum (ulcerative proctitis) or extend higher, sometimes involving the entire colon. There is a sharp border between normal and affected tissue.
It causes sores and inflammation of the lining, along with bleeding, pus, diarrhea and abdominal discomfort.
Fistulas and abscesses do not occur Toxic or fulminant colitis is when the ulcerations
extends through the intestinal wall, resulting in localized ileus and peritonitis. (Ulcerative Colitis, 2014 )
CAUSES Not caused by stress or hypersensitivity to foods or
products but may trigger symptoms (Ulcerative Colitis, 2014) Studies suggest caused by combination of heredity,
immune system, and environmental causes Cause Unknown (What is Ulcerative Colitis, 2014)
NURSING CONSIDERATIONS Ostomy or perineal wound care Assess patient for pain pattern, occurrences Monitor for signs/symptoms of GI bleeding Monitor Vitals and Labs Monitor pain and symptoms to maintain
comfort (Winkelman, 2013)
TREATMENTS & MEDICATIONS Treatments – No medical cure Treatment goals to reduce symptoms:
1) Induce / maintain remission, 2) Improve quality of life, and 3) Individualize to treat patient
Diet & Nutrition Avoid foods that aggravate UC
(What is Ulcerative Colitis, 2014)
Surgery Total proctocolectomy with permanent
ileostomy – colon, rectum & anus removed Total Colectomy – colon removal Restorative Proctocolectomey with Ileal Pouch
Anal Anastomosis (RPC-IPAA) – create ileoanal reservoir
– Enema – Rectal Foam – Suppository
– PO – IV
Aminosalicylates – Reduce Inflammation – balsalazide – mesalamine – olsalazine – sulfasalazine
Corticosteroids – Reduce immune system activity & Decrease inflammation – budesonide – hydrocortisone – methylprednisone – prednisone (Ulcerative Colitis, 2014)
Immunomodulators – Decrease immune system activity – azathioprine – 6-mercaptopurine, or 6-MP
Biologics – Decrease inflammation – adalimumab – golimumab – Infliximab – vedolizumab
Other medications – Acetaminophen – mild pain – Antibiotics – prevent/treat infection – Loperamide – slow/stop diarrhea
(Ulcerative Colitis, 2014) – Cyclosporine – immunosuppresnt
SIGNS & SYMPTOMS Bowel movements become looser and more urgent Persistent diarrhea accompanied by abdominal pain
and blood in the stool (What is Ulcerative Colitis, 2014) Anemia Fever Fatigue Weight loss Loss of appetite
Skin lesions Rectal Bleeding Cramping abdominal pain Growth failure in children Loss of body fluid & nutrients
(Ulcerative Colitis, 2014)
DIAGNOSED Physical Exam & Interview (health, diet, history) Blood test – monitor anemia Fecal matter – rule out bacterial/viral diarrhea causes Sigmoidoscopy – see rectum/colon inflammation Total Colonoscopy – visualize entire colon Biopsy – sample of affect tissue removed for testing Chromoendoscopy – blue spray during colonoscopy
to detect changes in lining (What is Ulcerative Colitis, 2014) Computerized Tomography (CT) Scan – 3D image Barium Enema X Ray – x-ray contrast (Ulcerative Colitis, 2014)
NURSING DIAGNOSES Ineffective Coping r/t repeated episodes of diarrhea Acute pain r/t abdominal cramp Deficient fluid volume r/t frequent and loose stools Impaired skin integrity r/t frequent stools, and
development of anal fissures Imbalanced Nutrition: less than body requirements r/t
anorexia, decreased absorption of nutrients GI tract Social Isolation r/t diarrhea (Ackley, 2014)
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