Discharge And Home Healthcare Guidelines

Teach the patient that a well-balanced diet rich in both iron and iron supplements is necessary to prevent a recurrence of the anemia and provide a list of iron-rich foods. Advise continuation of iron supplementation therapy even after the patient begins to feel better. Teach the route, dosage, side effects, and indications for use of iron supplements. Infection is a possibility because of the patient's weakened condition. Therefore, stress the importance of meticulous wound care, good hand-washing techniques, and periodic dental checkups. Emphasize the need for the patient to report immediately to the physician any signs of infection, such as fever or chills.

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