Passage of loose, unformed stools

Defining Characteristics:
  • Hyperactive bowel sounds; 
  • at least three loose liquid stools per day; 
  • urgency; 
  • abdominal pain; 
  • cramping

Related Factors:

  • High stress levels and anxiety
  • Alcohol abuse; 
  • toxins; 
  • laxative abuse; 
  • radiation; 
  • tube feedings; 
  • adverse effects of medications; 
  • contaminants; 
  • travel
  • Inflammation; 
  • malabsorption;
  • infectious processes; 
  • irritation; 
  • parasites

NOC Outcomes (Nursing Outcomes Classification)

Suggested NOC Labels
  • Bowel Elimination
  • Electrolyte and Acid-Base Balance
  • Fluid Balance
  • Hydration
  • Treatment Behavior: Illness or Injury
Client Outcomes
  • Defecates formed, soft stool every day to every third day
  • Maintains a rectal area free of irritation
  • States relief from cramping and less or no diarrhea
  • Explains cause of diarrhea and rationale for treatment
  • Maintains good skin turgor and weight at usual level
  • Contains stool appropriately (if previously incontinent)
NIC Interventions (Nursing Interventions Classification)

Suggested NIC Labels
  • Diarrhea Management

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