The variety of renal, pancreatic, hepatic, biliary, and gastrointestinal complexities have now been associated with much stigma and prejudice, as people are frequently unwilling to voice their concerns about the elimination patterns and other issues associated with the systems’ function. However, the health complications caused by such issues as renal dysfunction, gastritis, or pancreatitis are adverse, unbearable, and, in some cases, fatal. For example, such signs as incontinence or urinary tract infection, while not always, may still be a risk factor for initiated kidney failure. During kidney failure, people gradually feel pain in various parts of the body, and the amount of unreleased waste from the body causes severe swelling and fatigue, limiting the patient’s ability to get up and perform basic ADLs with no external assistance (Whitney, 2018). However, due to the aforementioned stigmatization and socio-cultural barriers, many people fail to address the signs and symptoms of elimination complexities because they seem unhygienic and shameful.
Thus, the primary role of a nurse, in this case, is to help patients and their families during every stage of the disease. Moreover, they should start from the education on the matter of preventing elimination complexities and addressing such contributing factors as unhealthy diet, lack of hydration, substance abuse, smoking, and diabetes (Whitney, 2018). The secondary prevention of elimination complexities, for its part, concerns the initial presentation, testing, and treatment. Finally, the nurses are also responsible for the safe function restoration and return to independence. Elimination complexities due to the disease implications, partial loss of autonomy, and severe risks of incurability lead to complex phycological and emotional complications as well. Hence, the nurse’s responsibility, in this case, is to promote the patient’s emotional resilience, as feeling optimistic about the future and not losing hope may play a critical role in one’s recovery and return to normal life.
Whitney, S. (2018). Elimination complexities. In Pathophysiology clinical applications for client health. Grand Canyon University. Web.