bowel care protocols - page 2
Need some information. What do you use in your facillity as bowel care protocol esp. in relation to ICU patients. When do you intervene for constipation? What do you use for constipation? ... Read More
Jul 20, '03Bowel protocols ideally are to prevent constipation but if sources such as the cochrane database for evidence based practice cannot agree on the definition of constipation it leaves the situation up to experiienced persons come to consensus derived from practice wisdom.
Jul 20, '03Prune juice seems to work best when it is warm!
Try giving it a spin in the microwave for 30-60 seconds (depending on your microwave). I think it works best
when it is almost coffee temp. But, very important to
warn the pt it is hot & be sure to minimize the burn risk
since they don't expect juice to be hot!
Jul 20, '03Originally posted by angelbear
I know this sounds strange but this is a topic of interrest to me. At our facility BM's are a big deal. Our population is mostly total care(profound mental retardation). A good portion of our residents recieve miralax on a regular basis. From what we the lowly nurses have read this is not good. Miralax is meant to be for short term constipation. We go round and round about all this at work. Any thoughts?
Jul 21, '03I kind of like using microlax enemas for the LTC demented. Usually work right away, for a nice formed BM (no diarrhea for the rest of the am), much less traumatic than giving D&G supps (you're in -- you're out), doesn't seem to result in stomach cramps for a lot of people too.