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Intestinal obstruction : 

Intestinal obstruction Partial or complete blockage of the lumen of the small or large intestine causing an interruption in the normal flow of intestinal contents along the intestinal tract The block may be complete or incomplete, may be mechanical or paralytic, and may or may not compromise the vascular supply

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Mechanical obstruction: An intraluminal obstruction or a mural obstruction from pressure on the intestinal walls occurs. (e.g.: intussusception, polypoid tumors and neoplasms, stenosis, strictures, adhesions, hernias, abscesses) Functional obstruction: The intestinal musculature cannot propel the contents along the bowel. (e.g.: amyloidosis, muscular dystrophy, endocrine disorders such as diabetes mellitus, or neurologic disorders such as Parkinson’s disease) The blockage also can be temporary and the result of the manipulation of the bowel during surgery. 90% - small bowel obstruction, ileum 10% - large bowel obstruction, sigmoid colon



Modifiable : 

GI tract, abdominal surgery Hernia Inflammatory dse (Crohn’s, diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis) Cancer Foreign bodies (fruit pits, gallstones, worms) Chronic, severe constipation SCI, vertebral fractures Thrombosis, embolism Modifiable

Non-modifiable : 

Non-modifiable Age: young – congenital bowel deformities (atresia, imperforate anus) Old age Family history of colorectal cancer



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Adhesions- produce kinking of an intestinal loop Intussusception- intestinal lumen becomes narrowed Volvulus- intestinal lumen becomes obstructed; gas and fluid accumulate in the trapped bowel SCI, vertebral fractures Abdominal surgery Peritonitis Wound dehiscence GI tract surgery Thrombosis, embolism Hernia- intestinal flow may be completely obstructed; blood flow to the area may be obstructed Tumor- intestinal lumen becomes partially or completely obstructed Mechanical Obstruction Functional Adynamic Neurogenic Paralytic Ileus

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Gases and fluids accumulate proximal to the obstruction Borborygmi Distension of intestine & retention of fluid Inc contractions of proximal intestine Severe colicky abdominal pain Inc intraluminal pressure Inc gastric secretions Compression of veins Inc venous pressure Persistent vomiting Loss of hydrogen ions, potassium Metabolic alcalosis

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Dec absorption Edema of the intestine Compression of terminal branches of mesenteric artery Dec arterial blood supply Necrosis Perforation of necrotic segments Gangrenous intestinal wall Bacteria or toxins leak into: Cessation of peristalsis Dec bowel sounds Blood supply Peritoneal cavity Bacteremia Septicemia Peritonitis

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Dehydration due to loss of water, sodium, and chloride Peritonitis Shock due to loss of electrolytes and dehydration Death due to shock Complications



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Hiccups are a common complaint in all types of bowel obstruction

Mechanical Obstruction of the Small Intestine : 

Mechanical Obstruction of the Small Intestine Subjective Findings: Complain of colicky pain, nausea, vomiting, and constipation If obstruction is complete, may report vomiting of fecal contents. Vomitus: stomach contents bile-stained contents of the duodenum and jejunum darker, fecal-like contents of ileum

Objective Findings: Physical Assessment : 

Objective Findings: Physical Assessment Inspection - distended abdomen Auscultation - bowel sounds, borborygmi, and rushes (occasionally loud enough to be heard without a stethoscope) Palpation - abdominal tenderness. Rebound tenderness may be noted in patients with obstruction that results from strangulation with ischemia

Mechanical Obstruction of the Large Intestine : 

Mechanical Obstruction of the Large Intestine Subjective Findings: History of constipation with a more gradual onset of signs and symptoms than in small-bowel obstruction Several days after constipation begins, may report the sudden onset of colicky abdominal pain, producing spasms that last less than 1 minute and recur every few minutes History reveal constant hypogastric pain, nausea and, in the later stages, vomiting

Objective Findings: Physical Assessment : 

Objective Findings: Physical Assessment Vomitus - orange-brown and foul smelling, characteristic of large-bowel obstruction Inspection - abdomen may appear dramatically distended, with visible loops of large bowel Auscultation - loud, high-pitched borborygmi Partial obstruction usually causes similar signs and symptoms, in a milder form Leakage of liquid stools around the partial obstruction is common

Nonmechanical Obstruction : 

Nonmechanical Obstruction Subjective Findings: Describes diffuse abdominal discomfort instead of colicky pain Reports frequent vomiting, which may consist of gastric and bile contents but, rarely, fecal contents Complain of constipation and hiccups If obstruction results from vascular insufficiency or infarction, the patient may complain of severe abdominal pain.

Objective Findings: Physical Assessment : 

Objective Findings: Physical Assessment Inspection - abdomen is distended Auscultation discloses decreased bowel sounds early in the disease; this sign disappears as the disorder progresses

Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests : 

Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests Fecal material aspiration from NG tube Abdominal X-ray, CT scan, MRI May show presence and location of small or large intestinal distention, gas or fluid “Bird beak” lesion in colonic volvulus Foreign body visualization Contrast studies Barium enema may diagnose colon obstruction or intussusception. Ileus may be identified by oral barium

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Laboratory tests May show decreased sodium, potassium, and chloride levels due to vomiting Elevated WBC counts due to inflammation; marked increase with necrosis, strangulation, or peritonitis Serum amylase may be elevated from irritation of the pancreas by the bowel loop Flexible sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy may identify the source of the obstruction such as tumor or stricture



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1. Ineffective Tissue Perfusion: GI related to interruption of arterial and venous flow 2. Acute Pain related to obstruction, distention, and strangulation of intestinal tissue 3. Constipation related to presence of obstruction and changes in peristalsis

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4. Risk for Deficient Fluid Volume related to impaired fluid intake, vomiting, and diarrhea from intestinal obstruction 5. Risk for Injury related to complications and severity of illness 6. Fear related to life-threatening symptoms of intestinal obstruction



Nursing Management : 

Nursing Management Primary Prevention Encourage well balanced and high-fiber diet. Encourage regular exercise. Encourage elderly for regular check-up.

Secondary Prevention : 

Secondary Prevention Insert an NG tube to decompress the bowel as ordered. Maintain the function of the nasogastric tube Assess and measure the nasogastric output Maintain fluid and electrolyte balance by monitoring electrolyte, blood urea nitrogen, and creatinine levels. Begin and maintain I.V. therapy as ordered. Monitor nutritional status

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Continually assess his pain. Colicky pain that suddenly becomes constant could signal perforation. Assess improvement (return of normal bowel sounds, decreased abdominal distention, subjective improvement in abdominal pain and tenderness, passage of flatus or stool). Look for signs of dehydration (thick, swollen tongue; dry, cracked lips; dry oral mucous membranes). Watch for signs of metabolic alkalosis Report discrepancies in intake and output, worsening of pain or abdominal distention, and increased nasogastric output.

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Watch for signs and symptoms of secondary infection, such as fever and chills. Administer analgesics, broad-spectrum antibiotics, and other medications as ordered. Keep the patient in semi-Fowler's or Fowler's position as much as possible. These positions help to promote pulmonary ventilation and ease respiratory distress from abdominal distention. Monitor urine output carefully to assess renal function, circulating blood volume, and possible urine retention due to bladder compression by the distended intestine. If the patient’s condition does not improve, prepare pt for surgery.

Tertiary Prevention : 

Tertiary Prevention After surgery, provide all necessary postoperative care. Care for the surgical site, maintain fluid and electrolyte balance, relieve pain and discomfort, maintain respiratory status, and monitor intake and output. Explain the rationale for NG suction, NPO status, and I.V. fluids initially. Advise patient to progress diet slowly as tolerated once home. Advise plenty of rest and slow progression of activity as directed by surgeon or other health care provider. Teach wound care if indicated. Encourage patient to follow-up as directed and to call surgeon or health care provider if increasing abdominal pain, vomiting, or fever occur prior to follow-up.

Medical Management : 

Medical Management Correction of fluid and electrolyte imbalances with normal saline or Ringer's solution with potassium as required. NG suction to decompress bowel. Treatment of shock and peritonitis.

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Analgesics and sedatives, avoiding opiates due to GI motility inhibition. Antibiotics to prevent or treat infection. Ambulation for patients with paralytic ileus to encourage return of peristalsis. TPN may be necessary to correct protein deficiency from chronic obstruction, paralytic ileus, or infection.

Surgical Management : 

Surgical Management Consists of relieving obstruction. Closed bowel procedures: lysis of adhesions, reduction of volvulus, intussusception, or incarcerated hernia Enterotomy for removal of foreign bodies or bezoars

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Resection of bowel for obstructing lesions, or strangulated bowel with end-to-end anastomosis Intestinal bypass around obstruction Temporary ostomy may be indicated


CARE OF THE PATIENT WITH AN OSTOMY Pre-operative Nursing Responsibilities Prepare patient by explaining the surgical procedure, stoma characteristics, and ostomy management with a pouching system.

Post-operative Nursing Responsibilities : 

Post-operative Nursing Responsibilities Monitor the stoma color and amount and color of stomal output every shift; document, and report any abnormalities. Periodically change a properly fitting pouching system over the ostomy to avoid leakage and protect the peristomal skin. Use this time as an opportunity for teaching. Assess peristomal skin with each pouching system change, document findings, and treat any abnormalities (skin breakdown due to leakage, allergy, or infection) as indicated. Teach the patient and/or caregiver self-care skills of routine pouch emptying, cleansing skin and stoma, and changing of the pouching system until independence is achieved. Instruct the patient and family in lifestyle adjustments regarding gas and odor control; procurement of ostomy supplies; and bathing, clothing, and travel tips. Encourage patient to verbalize feelings regarding the ostomy, body image changes, and sexual issues.



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