Home Health Blogger

Home Health Careplan for End Stage Renal Failure (ESRD)

Posted by Melissa Cott on May 11, 2021

For the patient with end stage renal failure (ESRD), in addition to assessing Urinary Incontinence M1610 and Shortness of breath on M1400, also include these MyHomecareBiz Best Practice assessment strategies and and our nursing care plan for ESRD.

Best Practice Assessment Strategies for Renal Failure

  • Assess the patient's general condition
  • Monitor vital signs
  • Determine client’s usual daily fluid intake. Observe for dependent generalized edema.
  • Review laboratory tests for changes in renal function: potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium, BUN and creatinine
  • Palpate bladder for pain, distention; note voiding pattern, characteDownload ESRD Careplanristics of urine
  • Measure urine output on a regular schedule and weigh daily
  • Note condition of skin and mucous membranes for pallor
  • Observe for signs of infection
  • Note reports of increasing fatigue, weakness, tachycardia.
  • Monitor level of consciousness and behavior


(M1610) Urinary Incontinence or Urinary Catheter Presence

Identifies presence of urinary incontinence or condition that requires urinary catheterization of any type, including intermittent or indwelling.  The etiology (cause) of incontinence is not addressed in this item.

  • 0 - No incontinence or catheter (includes anuria or ostomy for urinary drainage) [ Go to M1620]
  • 1 - Patient is incontinence
  • 2 - Patient requires a urinary catheter (specifically: external, indwelling, intermittent, or suprapubic) [ Go to M1620 ] 


Best Strategies for Answering (M1610)  nursing-care-plan-for-renal-failure

  • Select Response 0 if the patient has anuria or an ostomy for urinary drainage (for example, an ileal conduit), or if the patient has a urinary diversion that is pouched (ileal conduit, urostomy, ureterostomy, nephrostomy), with or without a stoma 
  • Select Response 1 if the patient is incontinent at any time (including “occasionally,” “only when I sneeze,” “sometimes I leak a little bit,” etc.). 
  • Select Response 1 if the patient is incontinent or is dependent on a timed-voiding program.  Timed voiding is defined as scheduled toileting assistance or prompted voiding to manage incontinence based on identified patterns.  Time voiding is a compensatory strategy; it does not cure incontinence.
  • Select Response 2 if a catheter or tube is utilized for drainage (even if catheterizations are intermittent).
  • Select Response 2 if the patient requires the use of a catheter for urinary drainage for any reason (for example, retention, post-surgery, incontinence).
  • Select Response 2 and follow the skip pattern if the patient is both incontinent and requires a urinary catheter.
  • Select Response 2 if a catheter was inserted during the comprehensive assessment.


Assessment Considerations

  • A leaking urinary drainage appliance is not incontinence.
  • A catheter solely utilized for irrigation of the bladder or installation with an antibiotic is not reported in this item.
  • If a catheter was discontinued during the comprehensive assessment or if a catheter is both inserted and discontinued during the comprehensive assessment, Response 0 or 1 would be appropriate, depending on whether or not the patient is continent.
  • Review the urinary elimination pattern as you take the health history.  Does the patient admit having difficulty controlling the urine, or is he/she embarrassed about needing to wear a pad so as not to wet on clothing?  Do you have orders to change a catheter?  Is your stroke patient using an external catheter?  Be alert for an odor of urine, which might indicate there is a problem with bladder sphincter control.  If the patient receives aide services for bathing and/or dressing, ask for input from the aide (at follow-up assessment).  This information can then be discussed with the patient.  Urinary incontinence may result from multiple causes, including physiologic reasons, cognitive impairments, or mobility problems.  


Diabetes & Foot Care: Do's & Don'ts

Congestive Heart Failure (CHF): Teaching & Care Plan for Home Health