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Nursing Care Plan Readiness For Enhanced Organized Infant Behavior

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Nursing Care Plan Readiness For Enhanced Organized Infant Behavior Definition; Life-threatening, uninhibited sympathetic response of nervous system to noxious stimulus after spinal cord injury at T7 or above,Nursing Care Plan.

Defining Characteristics

  • Autonomic Dysreflexia
  • Paroxysmal hypertension (sudden periodic elevated blood pressure,systolic over 140 mm Hg and diastolic over 90 mm Hg)
  • Bradycardia or tachycardia (pulse less than 60 or more than 100 beats/min) Diaphoresis above injury
  • Red splotches (vasodilation) on skin above injury
  • Pallor below injury
  • Diffuse headache not confined to any nerve distribution area
  • Bladder distention
  • Bowel distention
  • Lack of caregiver and patient knowledge
  • Chilling
  • Conjunctival congestion
  • Horner’s syndrome (contracted pupils, partial ptosis, enophthalmos,
    loss of sweating on affected side of face [sometimes])
  • Paresthesia
  • Pilomotor reflex
  • Blurred vision
  • Chest pain
  • Metallic taste
  • Nasal congestion

Related Factors

  • Bladder distension
  • Bowel distension
  • Deficient caregiver knowledge

Assessment Focus

  • Cardiac function
  • Elimination

Expected Outcomes
The Patient Will

  • Have cause of dysreflexia identified and corrected.
  • Experience cardiovascular stability as evidenced by ____ systolic range, ____ diastolic range, and _____ heart rate range.
  • Avoid bladder distention and urinary tract infection (UTI).
  • Have no fecal impaction.
  • Have no noxious stimuli in environment.
  • State relief from symptoms of dysreflexia.
  • Have few, if any, complications.
  • Maintain normal bladder elimination pattern.
  • Maintain normal bowel elimination pattern.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of dysreflexia and will
    describe care measures.
  • Experience few or no dysreflexic episodes.
  • Deficient patient knowledge
  • Skin irritation
  • Neurocognition
  • Risk management

Suggested Noc Outcomes

Neurologic Status; Neurologic Status: Autonomic; Sensory Function Status; Vital Signs Status

Interventions And Rationales

Determine: Assess for signs of dysreflexia (especially severe hypertension) to detect condition so that prompt treatment may be initiated.Take vital signs frequently to monitor effectiveness of prescribed medications.Perform: Place patient in a sitting position or elevate the head of bed to aid venous drainage from brain, lower intracranial pressure, and temporarily reduce blood pressure.Ascertain and correct probable cause of dysreflexia. Check for bladder distention and patency of catheter. If necessary, irrigate catheter with small amount of solution, or insert a new catheter immediately. A blocked urinary catheter can trigger dysreflexia.Check for fecal mass in rectum. Apply dibucaine ointment (Nupercainal) or another product, as ordered, to anus and 1 (2.5 cms) into rectum 10–15 min before removing impaction. Failure to use ointment may aggravate autonomic response.Check environment for cold drafts and objects putting pressure on patient’s skin, which could act as dysreflexia stimuli. Send urine for culture if no other cause becomes apparent to detect possible UTI.Implement and maintain bowel and bladder elimination programs to avoid stimuli that could trigger dysreflexia Inform: Instruct patient, family members, or caregiver about dysreflexia,including its causes, signs and symptoms, and care measures to prepare them to handle possible emergencies related to condition.Attend: Reassure patient that everyone involved in his or her care will be instructed in management of this problem to relieve anxiety.Manage: If hypertension persists despite other measures, administer ganglionic blocking agent, vasodilator, or other medication as ordered.Drugs may be required if hypertension persists or if noxious stimuli can’t be removed.

Suggested Nic Interventions

Dysreflexia Management; Neurologic Monitoring; Surveillance; Temperature Management; Vital Signs Monitoring


Karlsson, A. K. (2006). Autonomic dysfunction in spinal cord injury: Clinical presentation of symptoms and signs. Progress in Brain Research, 152, 1–8