Nursing Mnemonics and Acronyms (Chronic Diseases)

chronic diseases nursing mnemonics and acronyms

1. Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) Treatment — “KING UFC.”

diabetic ketoacidosis nursing mnemonics

Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) is a life-threatening emergency condition that often occurs in patients with type I Diabetes. It may also occur in patients with type II Diabetes, particularly obese black patients.

Also Read: 5 Misconceptions About Diabetes


2. Hypoglycemia Causes and Characteristics — “RE-EXPLAIN.”

hypoglycemia causes nursing mnemonics

Hypoglycemia is a common emergency condition, especially in people with diabetes mellitus. It occurs when the sugar (glucose) in your body is not enough to be used as fuel for cells.


3. Early Warning Signs of Cancer — “CAUTION UP.”

early signs of cancer nursing acronym

The early stages of cancer may be asymptomatic, but a malignant tumor will eventually grow–large enough to be detected. The more it grows, the more it presses on nerves, producing pain and interfering with bodily functions.

The acronym “CAUTION-UP” will help you remember the early signs of cancer: Change in bowel or bladder habits; Unusual bleeding or discharge; Thickening or lump in the breasts, testicles or elsewhere; Indigestion or difficulty swallowing; Obvious change in the size, color, shape or thickness of a wart, mole or mouth sore; Nagging cough or hoarseness; Unexplained loss of weigh or loss of appetite, and; Pernicious anemia.

Also Read: 5 Cancer Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

Other symptoms include persistent headaches, chronic pain in bones and various areas of the body, persistent fatigue, persistent low-grade fever and repeated infection.


4. Cancer Interventions — “CANCER.”

Cancer interventions nursing mnemonic

Nurses are encouraged to provide as much care and comfort as possible to patients with cancer.

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Priorities of care include provision of information about the disease, prevention of complications, promotion of comfort and preservation of optimal physiological functioning. Interventions (CANCER) should be focused on patient’s comfort, altered body image, nutrition, chemotherapy, response to medications and respite for caretakers.


Also Read:

1. Nursing Mnemonics and Acronyms (Nursing Assessment and Management)

2. Nursing Mnemonics and Acronyms (Cardiovascular System)

3. Nursing Mnemonics and Acronyms (Acid-Base, Fluids, and Electrolytes)

4. Nursing Mnemonics and Acronyms (Nursing Pharmacology)

5. Nursing Mnemonics and Acronyms (Respiratory, Endocrine, and Nervous Systems)