Deficient Fluid Volume Nursing Care Plan for Peritonitis

Nursing Diagnosis for Peritonitis Deficient Fluid Volume related to active fluid volume loss.

Deficient Fluid Volume NANDA Definition: Decreased intravascular, interstitial, and/or intracellular fluid. This refers to dehydration, water loss alone without change in sodium

  • Decreased urine output
  • Concentrated urine
  • Output greater than intake
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Decreased venous filling
  • Hemoconcentration
  • Increased serum sodium
  • Hypotension
  • Thirst
  • Increased pulse rate
  • Decreased skin turgor
  • Dry mucous membranes
  • Weakness
  • Possible weight gain
  • Changes in mental status

To identify interventions to improve the balance of fluid and minimize the inflammatory process to improve comfort.

Expected outcomes:
  • Adequate urine output with normal specific gravity,
  • Stable vital signs
  • Mucous membranes moist
  • Good skin turgor
  • The capillary rise
  • Weight within the normal range.

Nursing Interventions Deficient Fluid Volume Nursing Care Plan for Peritonitis


1. Monitor vital signs, note the presence of hypotension (including postural changes), tachycardia, tachypnea, fever. Measure CVP if any.
Rational: To assist in the evaluation of the degree of fluid deficit / effectiveness of fluid replacement therapy and response to treatment.

2. Maintain adequate intake and output and then connect with the body weight daily.
Rationale: Demonstrates overall hydration status.

3. Rehydration / resuscitation fluid
Rationale: To meet the need of fluid in the body (homeostasis).

4. Measure specific gravity of urine
Rationale: Demonstrates changes in hydration status and renal function.

5. Observation of skin / mucous membranes for dryness, turgor, note peripheral edema / sacral.
Rational: Hypovolemia, fluid displacement, and lack of nutrition aggravate skin turgor, adding tissue edema.

6. Eliminate the danger signs / smells from environment. Limit intake of ice cubes.
Rational: Lowering the gastric stimulation and vomiting response.

7. Change positions frequently give skin care with often, and keep the bed dry and free of folds.
Rational: tissue edema and circulatory disturbance tends to damage the skin.


1. Monitor laboratory examinations, eg Hb / hematocrit, electrolytes, protein, albumin, BUN, creatinine.
Rationale: Provides information about hydration and organ function.

2. Give the plasma / blood, fluids, electrolytes.
Rational: Charge / maintain circulating volume and electrolyte balance. Colloid (plasma, blood) to help move the water into the area by increasing intravascular osmotic pressure.

3. Keep fasting with nasogastric aspiration / intestinal
Rational: Lowering intestinal hyperactivity, and loss from diarrhea.

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