Risk for Injury

At risk of injury as a result of the interaction of environmental conditions interacting with the individual's adaptive and defensive resources

NOTE: This nursing diagnosis overlaps with other diagnoses such as Risk for Falls, Risk for Trauma, Risk for Poisoning, Risk for Suffocation, Risk for Aspiration and, if the client is at risk of bleeding, Ineffective Protection. See care plans for these diagnoses if appropriate.
Related Factors: See Risk Factors.

Risk Factors:

  • Mode of transport or transportation; 
  • people or provider (e.g., nosocomial agents, staffing patterns, cognitive, affective and psychomotor factors);
  • physical (e.g., design, structure, and arrangement of community, building, and/or equipment); 
  • nutrients (e.g., vitamins, food types); 
  • biological (e.g., immunization level of community, microorganism); 
  • chemical (e.g., pollutants, poisons, drugs, pharmaceutical agents, alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, preservatives, cosmetics, and dyes)
  • Psychological (affective orientation); 
  • malnutrition; 
  • abnormal blood profile (e.g., leukocytosis/leukopenia); 
  • altered clotting factors; 
  • thrombocytopenia; 
  • sickle cell; 
  • thalassemia; 
  • decreased hemoglobin; 
  • immune-autoimmune dysfunction; 
  • biochemical, regulatory function (e.g., sensory dysfunction, integrative dysfunction, effector dysfunction, tissue hypoxia); 
  • developmental age (physiological, psychosocial); 
  • physical (e.g., broken skin, altered mobility)

NOC Outcomes (Nursing Outcomes Classification)

Suggested NOC Labels
  • Risk Control
  • Parenting: Social Safety
  • Fetal Status: Intrapartum
  • Maternal Status: Intrapartum
  • Immune Status
  • Safety Behavior: Home Physical Environment
  • Safety Behavior: Personal: Safety Status: Falls Occurrence
  • Safety Status: Physical Injury
Client Outcomes
  • Remains free of injuries
  • Explains methods to prevent injury

NIC Interventions (Nursing Interventions Classification)

Suggested NIC Labels
  • Health Education
  • Behavior Modification
  • Patient Contracting
  • Self-Modification Assistance

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