Nursing Care Plan for Cellulitis

Nursing Care Plan for: Cellulitis
December 24, 2023 – 06:37 am

What are nursing care plans? How do you develop a nursing care plan?

Nursing Care Plan

This care plan is listed to give an example of how a Nurse (LPN or RN) may plan to treat a patient with those conditions.

Important Disclosure: Please keep in mind that these care plans are listed for Example/Educational purposes only, and some of these treatments may change over time. Do not treat a patient based on this care plan.

Care Plans are often developed in different formats. The formatting isn’t always important, and care plan formatting may vary among different nursing schools or medical jobs. Some hospitals may have the information displayed in digital format, or use pre-made templates. The most important part of the care plan is the content, as that is the foundation on which you will base your care.

If you want to view a video tutorial on how to construct a care plan in nursing school, please view the video below. Otherwise, scroll down to view this completed care plan.


A 70 year old male presents to you floor. He was admitted to you from the ER. The patient is alert and oriented times four. He lives alone at home and has a home health nurse that visits him 2 times a week. The patient states he noticed that his right and left legs have started to become extremely red, warm to the touch, and tender when he touches them. He also states that they have started to swell. He reports having pain while walking. On assessment you note that the right and left lower areas of his legs are swollen with 2+ pitting edema and that on palpation the areas feel very warm. The patient winces in pain as your palpate the area. You note as well that the patients feet are cool to the touch and you are unable to palpate a pulse. You use a Doppler to find the dorsalis pedis and post tibial pulses which you document as faint in both the right and left feet. The patient history includes: diabetes, congestive heart failure, peripheral vascular disease, CABG 5 years ago, mitral valve replacement 2 years ago, and hypertension. An ultrasound was performed on the lower extremities to rule out a deep vein thrombosis in the right and left legs. This test came back as negative. Pt VS include: HR 75, BP 140/92, Temperature 99.4, oxygen saturation 96% on room air, pain 4 on 1-10 scale in legs, and RR 15. WBCs 15.3, Blood sugar 257. Blood cultures are pending at this time. The patient is started on IV antibiotics. The patient’s medical diagnosis is Cellulitis.

Interesting facts
AACN Advanced Critical Care is a peer-reviewed nursing journal and an official publication of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. It is intended for "experienced critical care and acute care clinicians at the bedside, advanced practice nurses, and clinical and academic educators."
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