End Of Life Nursing Case Study

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The support or referral that could be offered to Mr. Smith’s family is a patient support group that would not only provide support to the patient but also encourage and advice the family in relation to the patient’s pain management. 8. Outline the pathophysiology of the following conditions ensuring you relate back to Mr. Smith and his clinical presentation. Include within your answer the possible management strategies and rationale for these symptoms:
a. Anorexia: The body processes that contribute to this condition include personality disorders, eating disorders, anxiety disorders, and mood disorders. These conditions are evident in Mr. Smith’s condition because of his addiction to alcohol and heavy smoking, troubled relationships with family members, and refusal to eat. Some of the probable management strategies include nutritional rehabilitation, behavioral therapy, psychosocial interventions, and medications.
b. Ascites: This is brought by cirrhosis of the liver and fluid retention in the abdominal cavity, which may be evident in Mr. Smith’s situation due to the past history of alcohol abuse and smoking. Probable management strategies include relaxation, drug abuse rehabilitation, and medications.
c. Dyspnoea: Intense sensations, burden of daily living activities, and extreme distress are the main contributors to this
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An end of life nursing care plan offers physical, emotional, and mental comfort and social support to patients living and dying of complex illness. The nursing care plan will be geared towards enhancing Mr. Smith’s quality of life and providing comfort to him and his family. Some of the patient conditions to be included in the nursing care plan include self care needs, spiritual and cultural values that affect the patient’s health, social factors that influence health, and signs and symptoms of the

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