Symptom: Bruising Easily

Initial Grading Reminder

CTCAE grading of bruising:

Grade 1 (Mild): Localized or in dependent area
Grade 2 (Moderate): Generalized

Assessment and Grading

Characterize the symptom (onset, pace)

Ask the patient:

Do you have any kidney/liver problems? Are you on blood thinners? Is this a new or worsening symptom? When did it start or get worse? Has it developed gradually or suddenly?

Grade the symptom

Ask the patient:

Please send a photo, if possible. Where are you bruising? How many bruises do you have?

Patient Query Regarding Other Symptoms/Red Flags

Ask the patient:

Do you have any pain in your abdomen (belly), bloating, sleepiness, or yellowing of skin? Is your thinking clear or do you feel foggy?

Patient Factors to Consider That Affect the Approach to Intervention

Consider the following in individualizing the intervention: Is the patient a good or poor historian? Any language barriers or cognitive deficits? Is the patient reliable (able to carry out treatment recommendations)? Does this patient have alcohol/substance abuse issues? Does the patient have transportation? Is there sufficient caregiver support?

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    Suggested Intervention

    A patient with moderate bruising should be seen.

    Patients with any of the red-flag symptoms need to be seen immediately.

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    Nursing Assessment of Potential Causes

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    Differential Diagnosis

    What do you suspect is the cause of increased bruising?