00040 Risk for disuse syndrome

00040 Risk for disuse syndrome

Definition of the NANDA label

Situation in which there is the obvious possibility of a deterioration of the body systems as a consequence of musculoskeletal inactivity or prescribed or unavoidable physical immobilization.

Susceptible to deterioration of body systems as the result of prescribed or unavoidable musculoskeletal inactivity, which may compromise health.

Related or risk factors

• Paralysis.
• Mechanical immobilization.
• Prescribed immobilization.
• Intense pain.
• Cognitive disorders.

Complications of immobility

• Pressure ulcers.
• Constipation.
• Stasis of pulmonary secretions.
• Thrombosis.
• Infection.
• Urinary retention.
• Orthostatic hypotension.
• Loss of strength and endurance.
• Decreased joint mobility.
• Disorientation.
• Alteration of body image.
• Impotence.

Associated condition

• Alteration in level of consciousness
• Mechanical immobility
• Paralysis
• Prescribed immobility


• Prevention of UPPs.
• Neurological control.
• Hydration.
• Pain control.
• Control of elimination.
• Mobilization.


• Individual teaching.
• Surveillance.
• Change of position.
• Nutritional management.
• Promotion of mobilization.
• Teaching self-care.

This diagnosis will retire from the NANDA-I Taxonomy in the 2021-2023 edition unless additional work is completed to bring it up to a level of evidence 2.1 or higher.