Hydrocephalus: A Case Study

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Treatment plan for hydrocephalus involves surgery to remove the obstruction or creating a new pathway to divert excess CSF. This procedure can be done by placing a catheter or shunt in the ventricle which will pass the CSF to the peritoneal cavity, right atrium, or the pleural spaces of the lungs (London et al., 2014). The nursing management for these patients are centered around the surgical procedure. Three top nursing diagnosis for the child with hydrocephalus include: (a) impaired physical mobility, (b) risk for infection, and (c) risk for injury. First, in the pre-operative setting the interventions include: (a) small frequent feedings until placed on NPO status, (b) monitor head circumference and signs of ICP, (c) assess respiratory
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