Diverticular Disease Care Plan



Ref: CP057

Diverticular Disease Care Plan

Diverticular disease and diverticulitis are related digestive conditions that affect the large intestine. Diverticulosis is the formation of abnormal pouches, diverticula, in the bowel wall. Diverticulitis is inflammation or infection of these pouches. These conditions are known as diverticular disease. Diverticulosis is common and frequently has no symptoms, however, when many diverticula are present, the normal smooth working of the bowel can be affected.

This may cause a range of symptoms including abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, diarrhoea, flatulence and blood in the faeces. This bleeding is usually minor, but can sometimes be heavy if a diverticulum gets inflamed or is near a blood vessel. Diverticulitis may be painful and disabling and can often be a medical emergency.

Symptoms of diverticulitis may include a sharp pain, often located at a specific point, in the lower left half of the abdomen, fever, chills, distension, bloating of the abdomen, nausea and vomiting.

Complications of diverticular disease may result in an abscess, hemorrhage, bowel obstruction, perforation of the bowel wall where the bowel contents seep into the abdominal cavity, or peritonitis infection of the membranes lining the abdominal cavity. A perforated bowel is a medical emergency.

The Care Plan sets out a clear explanation of the resident’s issue, and will quickly guide the nurse or carer through the process of preparing a comprehensive, individual person centred Care Plan.

Diverticular Disease Care Plan Features:

Identifies the symptoms experienced

Details a comprehensive plan of care to address the issues the resident has

Identifies possible complications


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