nursing, GERD, gastroesophageal, reflux, disease, pathophysiology
Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing
Gastroesophageal reflux disease is a commonly diagnosed disease process, affecting nearly 20% of the population. GERD can greatly hinder one’s quality of life. “Routine” surgical procedures can become potentially life threatening to those affected by this disease. Gastroesophageal reflux disease can lead to Barrett’s esophagus, and esophageal malignancy. The advance practice nurse is responsible for accurately diagnosing a patient with GERD to avoid these potentially fatal consequences. The APN must recognize and acknowledge risk factors for GERD, assisting the patient in altering modifiable risk factors. Treatment options must be individualized to each patient and may include solely medical management or a variety of surgical options. Through early and continued intervention, the advanced practice nurse could delay or prevent potentially life threatening complications of gastroesophageal reflux disease.
Newkirk, Kaitlyn, "Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)" (2017). Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Student Scholarship. 222.