A patient has been given the nursing diagnosis of Disturbed Body Image after suffering a cancerous wound that has a significant odor. Which nursing intervention is most appropriate in this situation?


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- Help the patient to perform activities of daily living in spite of the wound

- Encourage the patient to avoid looking at the wound

- Provide deodorizing air freshener that the patient can use when others are around

- Ensure that the patient has a private room in the hospital


Interventions for disturbed body image are dependent on the cause of the difficulty with accepting body changes. In the case of a fungating wound, the nurse does not need to help the patient accept the wound. Instead, the nurse can help the patient come up with strategies to live in spite of the wound.

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