The community health RN is caring for a family with a child who has significant developmental delays. The child is 9-years-old and exhibits the development of a 6-month old infant. She can move her extremities spontaneously, hold her head up and cry out occasionally. She has a gastrostomy tube for her medications and she receives continuous tube feeding via pump. She was discharged 2 days ago after a 5-day hospitalization for failure to thrive. During the hospital stay, the child’s tube feeding formula was adjusted to meet her growing needs. The community health RN is monitoring the child after discharge, following up on the child’s weight and the parent’s knowledge of the new feeding formula type, amount, and schedule. Today the child weighs 64 pounds.
The RN has chosen the nursing diagnosis of imbalanced nutrition, less than body requirements r/t insufficient nutritional intake AEB an 8-pound weight loss over 2-month period
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