I was going to post this in the geriatric nursing forum, but issue is not unique to geriatrics. A co-worker and I are doing research on treatment of constipation. We are trying to overhaul our existing system.
Does your facility have a specified bowel routine that is used to treat/prevent chronic or episodic constipation in patients? What times of the day are these treatments usually given. In what way are these used to complement the body's natural reflexes? What medications/products are you using?
Any suggestions are gladly appreciated.
Jul 19, '02
Warmed up prune juice mixed with a dose of MOM is quite effective and not too harsh for my hospitalized patients. I hate giving the elderly enemas...they are so hard on them. A Dulcolox suppository is my fave if something is needed 'below'...hehe.
Some poor old folks coming from home (specially those with a bit of dementia) and haven't had a BM in weeks will need need digging out...they can't pass the huge hard mass (unfortunately)..so time for RotoRooter Nurse to go into action...LOL! If they're from LTC they usually have been on a bowel program there and we try to follow it.
Home patients we try to institute a bowel regimen they can remember...diet and fibre first, then meds if no results. And yes, many docs prefer their own protocols so we nurses have to institute those....
Last edit by mattsmom81 on Jul 19, '02