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Pancreatitis Diagnostic

$1Ø  “Briefly discuss the diagnostic tests that help confirm the diagnosis of pancreatitis”

There are some tests that can assist in diagnosing the above condition. One of the main tests that can be carried out is the peritoneal aspiration. The blood should be analyzed accordingly in order to provide relevant information that would help in providing medication as well as treatments. In analyzing the blood, several things should be of concern such as bile, level of amylase, fungus, presence of bacteria, and pus among others, (Gurbutt, 2006).

 $1Ø  “Identify the assessment & lab findings in Mrs. Miller’s care that are consistent with acute pancreatitis”

There are several assessments that are consistent with Mrs. Miller such as assessing her pain level and where she comes from. She may also be assessed of abdominal guarding, the quality of bowel sounds, nausea fever, the level of abdominal distention, and how hypovol stroke has manifested itself in her body, (Williams & Hopper, 2010).  

 $1Ø  “Briefly discuss treatment options for pancreatitis and explain why Mrs. Miller has an NG tube to low wall suction”.

Lipase and amylase are the key diagnostic tests for patients suffering from acute pancreatitis. Doctor ensures that the level of lipase as well as that of amylase is elevated in the right level. X-ray or any other sort of method may be used in identifying problems that pancreatic may be having. Treatment to the patient, focus is geared to the reduction of pain, managing any complications on metabolic, reducing the level of pancreatic stimulation, and supportive care among others. The work of NG tube is to drain anything that might come from the walls, (Ankner, 2011).

 $1Ø  “Discuss the complications that can arise if pancreatitis is not treated”.

When pancreatic is not treated, there are two main complications that are believed to arise. Cardiovascular and pulmonary are the two main complications that are said to develop. A third complication known as hypocalcaemia can develop although this occurs when the condition is severe, (Ankner, 2011).


Ankner, M. G. (2011). Clinical Decision Making: Case Studies in Medical-Surgical Nursing: Cengage Learning

Williams, L. & Hopper, P. D. (2010). Understanding Medical-Surgical Nursing: F. A.Davis Company

Gurbutt, R. (2006). Nurses' Clinical Decision Making: Radcliffe Publishing


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