Ulcerative Colitis Essay

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Slide one Title Page Slide two The most important thing a GI Nurse can know is how this disease works, how the disease is treated and the symptoms and side effects of both. It is important that while explaining UC and all its treatment options to a patient that one maintains professionalism and dignity. Slide three Ulcerative colitis is one of two types of IBD. It’s found in people of all different cultures, but it most prevalent in women with a family history. Ulcerative colitis focuses in on the inner most lining of your large intestine causes inflammation, then irritates the large intestine which then causes ulcers to spread from your rectum to your colon and possible throughout your GI tract. Slide four Signs and symptoms include but are not limited to watery bloody stools or diaherrea, mucus/pus in stool and 6 or more bowel movements a day. Ulcerative Colitis can cause negative side effects in other parts of your body as well. Because it affects your GI Tract it can cause poor liver function, dry skin or eyes, and possibly even bone and joint pain. Once a person is diagnosed with UC they will forever need treatment. Slide five. When classifying ulcerative colitis as severe there will be toxins in the blood stream and bowel that can cause fever, potential tachycardia and anemia. The attending nurse will draw blood for an erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) which is a blood test that can reveal inflammatory activity in your body. Also, an endoscopy will be performed to see how far up the colon the disease has spread. Slide six The role the nurse plays in the trial and error phase of treating a patient with ulcerative colitis is most important. A patient’s nurse, will need to keep track of blood pressure, pulse, respiratory rate, and temperature to monitor whether the condition is improving or causing more deterioration to the colon. The

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