Gastrointestinal Question #9


The home care nurse is assessing a client following hospital discharge with an ileal conduit and observes mucous mixed with yellow urine draining from the stoma. Which instruction will the nurse provide the client?


  1. Change the appliance bag.
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  2. Encourage increased fluid intake.
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  3. Prepare for a venipuncture for kidney function tests.
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  4. Contact the primary health care provider.
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The client should be encouraged to drink plenty of fluids with an ileal conduit to help flush mucous from the conduit. Mucous is a normal finding since the ileum was part of the intestine and mucous secretion may continue. Options A and D are incorrect as it is not necessary to notify the physician or change the appliance bag. Option C is incorrect since the mucous does not necessitate analysis of kidney function.

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