Discharge And Home Healthcare Guidelines

Reinforce the need for small, frequent meals. Warn against overeating at any one meal, which places too great a demand on the pancreas, and stress limiting caffeine and alcohol. Instruct the patient to inspect her or his stools daily and report to the physician any signs of steatorrhea. Teach the patient and family the care related to surgically induced diabetes: symptoms and appropriate treatment for hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia, procedure for performing blood glucose monitoring, administration of insulin injections. Teach the patient or significant other to change the dressing over the abdominal incision and empty the drains daily (if present).

Teach the patient care of skin in the external radiation field. Instruct the patient to do the following:

Wash the skin gently daily with mild soap, rinse with warm water, and pat the skin dry

Not wash off the dark ink markings outlining the radiation field

Avoid applying any lotions, perfumes, deodorants, or powder in the treatment area

Wear nonrestrictive, soft, cotton clothing directly over the treatment area

Protect the skin from sunlight and extreme cold

Pancreatitis

DRG Category: Mean LOS: Description:

DRG Category: Mean LOS: Description:

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