Elimination complexities are rather severe and uncomfortable medical conditions that significantly interfere with patients’ and their families lives. These conditions prevent the proper removal of wastes and by-products in a person’s body, which may lead to certain complications and the inability to perform everyday activities (Chai & Birder, 2016). For example, being diagnosed with uremia or chronic kidney disease, which both are elimination complexities, means changing one’s schedule and spending many hours on treatment and tests. For some people, these modifications in their daily lives are rather challenging to accept, and certain adverse effects may appear and worsen a patient’s condition. In some cases, a person with elimination complexity is not able to go to work regularly. First of all, this is a serious stress for anyone because being deprived of work usually means losing it or earning less money, as well as spending more time alone and without communication. Second of all, financial constraints may appear due to severe expenses for medical treatment. Mentioned factors also have a significant impact on patients’ families as it is almost impossible to tolerate a loved one suffering physically and emotionally.
Helping patients with elimination is a crucial part of nurses’ role since it has vital medical value and provides psychological influence on patients’ quality of life and mental health. According to Sharma and Bhutta (2020), apart from supporting a client’s physical needs, nurses can encourage them to believe in the possibility of recovering and continuing to live a normal life. For example, medical workers can check on patients with elimination complexities, cheer them up, and help them emotionally by telling real stories about other people dealing with the same conditions. It is always more effective for clients to hear words of support from professionals. Finally, nurses may estimate a patient’s mental state and recommend a good psychologist who may also assist in encouraging them.
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Sharma, P., & Bhutta, B. S. (2020). Assisting patients with elimination. StatPearls [Internet].