Nursing diagnoses in hospitalized children

Thayane Alves Moura César Lopes, Maria de Fátima Vasques Monteiro, Joseph Dimas de Oliveira, Dayanne Rakelly de Oliveira, Ana Karina Bezerra Pinheiro, Simone Soares Damasceno


Objective: to describe the frequency of nursing diagnoses in hospitalized children. Methods:this is a cross-sectional study carried out in a hospital for children, from 738 medical records. Data analysis was based on descriptive statistics. Results: a frequency of 2,100 nursing diagnoses was identified, distributed in 15 diagnostic concepts, six domains, and 12 classes, according to NANDA-I Taxonomy II. The most prevalent diagnoses were: ineffective respiratory pattern (18.7%), hyperthermia (15.2%), impaired sleep pattern (11.1%), unbalanced nutrition: less than body needs (10.8%), fear (9.3%), acute pain (7.1%) and diarrhea (6.7%). Conclusion: five nursing diagnoses were described in hospitalized children: “ineffective respiratory pattern”, “hyperthermia”, “diarrhea”, “fear” and “acute pain”. The first three diagnoses are closely related to the conditions that determine the major causes of hospitalization in childhood: acute respiratory infections and gastroenteritis.


Nursing Process; Child, Hospitalized; Nursing Diagnosis.

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