Discharge And Home Healthcare Guidelines

MEDICATIONS. Ensure that the patient understands the dosage, route, action, and side effects before going home.

FOLLOW-UP. Encourage the patient to be alert to her emotions, behavior, physical symptoms, diet, and rest and exercise. Encourage the patient to maintain open communication with her significant other and her family to discuss concerns she may have about the disease process.

Epididymitis DRG Categ°ry: 350

Mean LOS: 4.5 days

Description: MEDICAL: Inflammation of the Male

Reproductive System

.pididymitis is an infection or inflammation of the epididymis—a coiled tube that is responsible for nutrition and maturation of the sperm. The epididymis carries sperm from the testicle to the urethra. Epididymitis, the most common intrascrotal infection, is usually unilateral. Epi-didymitis needs to be differentiated from testicular torsion, tumor, and trauma. If it is left untreated, epididymitis may lead to orchitis, an infection of the testicles, which may lead to sterility. The incidence of epididymitis is less than 1 in 1000 males each year.

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