DISCHARGE HOME HEALTHCARE
Teach the patient how to recognize a urinary tract infection and prevent its recurrence: Maintain fluid intake as allowed; complete perineal cleansing; avoid long, hot baths; empty the bladder completely. Teach the patient to notify the physician about the following because of possible deterioration in renal function: nausea, vomiting, and weight loss; changes in the pattern or urinary elimination; pruritus; headaches; a weight gain of more than 5 pounds in 1 week; edema; difficulty in breathing; and decreasing urine output. Stress the need to keep follow-up appointments. Teach the patient how to maintain any prescribed diet restrictions, and include the family. Explain all medications, including the dosage, action, side effects, and route.
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