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?
- Change the appliance bag.
- Encourage increased fluid intake.
- Prepare for a venipuncture for kidney function tests.
- Contact the primary health care provider.
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.