Nursing diagnosis – activity intolerance

Activity Intolerance
Insufficient physiological or psychological energy to endure or complete
required or desired daily activities
• Abnormal blood pressure and heart rate response to activity
• Electrocardiographic changes reflecting arrhythmias and/or ischemia
• Exertional discomfort and/or dyspnea
• Verbal report of fatigue and/or weakness
• Bed rest • Immobility
• Generalized weakness • Sedentary lifestyle
• Imbalance between oxygen
supply and demand
ASSESSMENT FOCUS (Refer to comprehensive assessment parameters.)
• Activity/exercise
• Cardiac function
• Respiratory function
The patient will
• Regain and maintain muscle mass and strength.
• Maintain maximum joint range of motion (ROM).
• Perform isometric exercises.
• Help perform self-care activities.
• Maintain heart rate, rhythm, and blood pressure within expected
range during periods of activity.
• State understanding of and willingness to cooperate in maximizing
the activity level.
• Perform self-care activities to tolerance level.
Activity Tolerance; Endurance; Energy Conservation; Self-Care:
Activities of Daily Living (ADLs); Self-Care: Instrumental Activities
of Daily Living (IADLs)
Determine: Monitor physiologic responses to increased activity level,
including respirations, heart rate and rhythm, and blood pressure, to
ensure that these return to normal within 2–5 min after stopping
Perform: Perform active or passive ROM exercises to all extremities
every 2–4 hr. These exercises foster muscle strength and tone, maintain
joint mobility, and prevent contractures.
Turn and reposition patient at least every 2 hr. Establish a turning
schedule for the dependent patient. Post schedule at bedside and
monitor frequency. Turning and repositioning prevent skin
breakdown and improve lung expansion and prevent atelectasis.
Maintain proper body alignment at all times to avoid
contractures and maintain optimal musculoskeletal balance and
physiologic function.
Encourage active exercise: Provide a trapeze or other assistive
device whenever possible. Such devices simplify moving and turning
for many patients and allow them to strengthen some upper-body
Inform: Teach about isometric exercises to allow patients to maintain
or increase muscle tone and joint mobility.
Teach caregivers to assist patients with ADLs in a way that maximizes
patients’ potential. This enables caregivers to participate in
patients’ care and encourages them to support patients’
Attend: Provide emotional support and encouragement to help
improve patient’s self-concept and motivate patient to perform
Involve patient in planning and decision making. Having the ability
to participate will encourage greater compliance with the plan
for activity.
Have patient perform ADLs. Begin slowly and increase daily, as
tolerated. Performing ADLs will assist patient to regain independence
and enhance self-esteem.
Manage: Refer to case manager/social worker to ensure that a home
assessment has been done and that whatever modifications were
needed to accommodate the patient’s level of mobility have been
made. Making adjustments in the home will allow the patient a
greater degree of independence in performing ADLs, allowing better
conservation of energy.
Activity Therapy; Ambulation; Body Mechanics Promotion; Energy
Management; Exercise Promotion: Strength Training; Exercise
Therapy: Balance, Joint Mobility, Muscle Control
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