Patients with esophageal achalasia: Keeping them safe
MRS. O, 90, HAS BEEN admitted to the medical-surgical unit with a diagnosis of esophageal achalasia and malnutrition. Her health history includes multiple hospitalizations for pneumonia. Because of her advanced age, malnutrition, impaired gait, and recent history of falling at home, Mrs. O is considered to be at high fall risk. How can her nurses keep her safe, especially with the potential for aspiration and alterations in respiratory function related to esophageal achalasia, as well as her impaired mobility and high fall risk?
This article describes the signs and symptoms of esophageal achalasia, along with nursing interventions, treatment options, and follow-up care.