Symptom: Urine, Tea colored

Initial Grading Reminder


Assessment and Grading

Characterize the symptom (onset, pace)

Ask the patient:

Have you had issues with your urine being tea colored in the past? Are you taking any new medications or vitamins? 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:

When did your urine turn tea colored? Are you having any other urination issues?

Patient Query Regarding Other Symptoms/Red Flags

Ask the patient:

Do you have any abdominal (belly) pain? Any nausea or vomiting?  Any swelling? A fever? Are you vomiting? Are you feeling cloudy or confused? Have any muscle aches or weakness?

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

    Patients with other urinary or GI symptoms should be seen.

    Patients with red-flag symptoms should be seen immediately.

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    Nursing Assessment of Potential Causes

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    Pain, muscle weakness, vomiting, confusion, tea-colored urine

    Differential Diagnosis

    What do you suspect is the cause of tea-colored urine?