The nurse is caring for a patient who was admitted to the hospital with a chief complaint of fatigue and weight loss. The physical examination reveals pallor and multiple bruises on his arms and legs. The results of the patient’s laboratory and diagnostic tests indicate acute lymphocytic leukemia with thrombocytopenia. Which is the appropriate nursing diagnosis?

Risk for injury.

Explanation

• The patient has a low platelet count which makes the patient prone to bleeding, even from minor injuries.

• Thrombocytopenia is a decreased platelet count; the range of a normal platelet count is 150,000-400,000/mm³.

• The other options are nursing diagnoses that are not well supported or addressed in the situation.

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