Penicillin Nursing Diagnosis and Collaborative Problems

A patient who is receiving penicillin may experience one or more conditions that require intervention. Here are the common nursing diagnoses that are related to a patient who is receiving penicillin.

• Altered protection against infection related to reduction in normal flora (superinfection)

• Altered bowel elimination pattern related to antibiotic-associated pseudo-membranous colitis

• Fluid volume deficit related to nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea

• Impaired skin integrity related to side effects or allergic reaction

• Allergic response

• Hepatotoxicity (toxicity affecting the liver)

• Leukopenia (A decrease in the number of circulating white cells in the blood)

• Neutropenia (abnormal decrease in the number of neutrophils, which are the most common type of white blood cells in the blood)

• Thrombocytopenia (decreased number of platelets in the blood)

• Mental disturbances

• Cross-sensitivity to cephalosporins, cephamycins, griseofulvin, or penicillamine

• Abdominal cramps

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