Evidence-Based Practice Nursing Interventions and Treatment for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Pain. Fatigue. Rashes. Depression. These are a few of the manifestations associated with systemic lupus erythematosus, an autoimmune disease that affects millions of people worldwide with eighty percent of them being women ages 15-45 (Tretheway, 2004). Systemic lupus erythematosus is a disease where the body literally attacks itself. For reasons that are not known, the body loses the ability to recognize cells or tissues as self and treats them as foreign, triggering a defensive immune response (Ignatavicius, 2010). SLE is a chronic and progressive disease that is complex, can lead to many complications and may be fatal. Proper treatment and addressing multiple manifestations as soon as they present can avoid further complications or damage to other body systems.
Levels of Care
As with any patient, appropriate measures to be taken to prevent systemic lupus erythematosus is the goal of primary health promotion. When considering primary measures it is important …