Nursing Diagnosis – Code 00043 Ineffective protection (1990)

Domain 1. Health Promotion Class 2. Health Management

Ineffective protection

Definition Decrease in the ability to guard self from internal or external threats such as illness or injury.

Defining Characteristics

■ Alteration in clotting ■ Alteration in perspiration ■ Anorexia ■ Chilling ■ Coughing ■ Deficient immunity ■ Disorientation ■ Dyspnea ■ Fatigue
■ Immobility ■ Insomnia ■ Itching ■ Maladaptive stress response ■ Neurosensory impairment ■ Pressure ulcer ■ Restlessness ■ Weakness

Related Factors

■ Abnormal blood profile ■ Cancer ■ Extremes of age ■ Immune disorder (e.g., HIV-associated neuropathy, varicella-zoster virus)
■ Inadequate nutrition ■ Pharmaceutical agent ■ Substance abuse ■ Treatment regimen