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Pancreatitis in Children

Author(s): Chris Kramer, RN, BSN, CCRN, Alvin Jeffery, MSN, RN-BC, CCRN, FNP-BC

Contact Hours: 1.00

CERP A: 1.00

Expires Aug 01, 2017

Topics: Gastrointestinal

Population: Pediatric

Role: Staff

Fee
Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Although the incidence of acute pancreatitis among children is less than that in adults, the physical and psychosocial impact on children and their families can be overwhelming. Pancreatitis is manifested as pain accompanied by a host of other complex issues. These issues are manifested more markedly when the patient has additional concomitant diagnoses. Pain management, liver function tests, amylase and lipase levels, endocrine and exocrine functionality, and recognition of systemic inflammation are especially important. Management after discharge from the hospital is often an ongoing stress for these patients and families, and multiple admissions to the intensive care unit may be necessary for feeding and pain complications. Presented in the context of an actual clinical case at a 500-bed tertiary care pediatric hospital, this patient’s scenario illustrates the importance of ensuring adequate nutrition, maintaining hydration, providing appropriate pain management, and preventing infection and thromboembolic events.

Objectives

  • Describe the common etiologies and diagnostic criteria for a child with pancreatitis.
  • State common nursing and medical interventions for the child with pancreatitis.
  • List complications experienced by the child with pancreatitis.

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