Superinfection – Nursing assessments and considerations

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Superinfection is an adverse effect of several anti-infective medications, such as cephalosporin, vancomycin, and macrolide.

It could be associated with fever; glossitis that is characterized by red swollen/inflamed tongue; black hairy tongue; diarrhea; mucous membrane lesions, and vaginal itching and discharge.

In case of superinfections, nurses may consider:

Antifungal medications that are usually administered with food to reduce gastrointestinal upset;

Good skin care, which is a nursing consideration in many cases, such as liver impairment and delayed allergic reaction;

Frequent mouth care, and

Small, frequent feedings, which is also a nursing consideration in several cases, such as liver impairment.

Source of Information:

NCLEX-PN Content Review Guide: Preparation for the NCLEX-PN Examination (Kaplan Test Prep) – *

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