bristol stool chart

  1. any one on here having to use the Bristol Stool chart at work? It may be just an english thing, but it's still freaky, i can see whay it is used but i keep laughing everytime i have to refer to it (which aint that often i know poo when i see it!) lol anyone have an opinion on this?
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    Joined: Apr '07; Posts: 32
    senior staff nurse
    Specialty: 5 year(s) of experience in gastroentestinal and vascular surgery


  3. by   jetscreamer101
    We don't use it but I am familiar with it. I think it would be helpful from a descriptive aspect. Loose stools? It makes a difference. Is it a 6 or 7? I spent some time in the past trying to find posters with the descriptions, but didn't have any luck locating any.
  4. by   muffie
    did gi for ten years

    we had stool charts for our bowel disease pts

    size colour consistency blood? frequency odour

    i mean really , it's poop
  5. by   RNsRWe
    Yeesh. I've heard of it, but only because of this website! I doubt I could find five nurses in my hospital (who haven't read it on this site) who know what it is!

    We just document amt, color, consistency, guicac positive or negative, as it relates to pt dx, etc.

    Gosh, that's a poster I want on my wall
  6. by   spiceyqueen
    we use the bristol stool chart, i must say its not too bad!!!!! AIM for a 4 is like our motto...
  7. by   madwife2002
    Yep I've used it but cant remember where lol
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  9. by   TraumaICURN
    Like a Sausage???? LOL :roll :roll :roll
  10. by   XB9S
    We use the Bristol stool chart, I work within general surgery in the UK and we have the chart on all the toilet walls and then record it on a stool chart on the patients bed.

    I have a patient that describes 1 as rabbit poo, she documents this on her own chart.
  11. by   madwife2002
    It's like the Braden score is that used in the UK or do we still universally use Waterlow??
  12. by   madwife2002
    Obviously not for Pooh before some bright spark points that out to me
  13. by   flashpoint
    This is disgusting...
  14. by   mshultz
    The chart is incomplete. It needs to include pictures of GI bleeds, malabsorption of fat, C. diff, and rotavirus. Scratch and sniff panels would help even more Although I am not a healthcare worker, I can recognize a GI bleed and malabsorption of fat from past personal experience. My experience in dissecting pig intestines has also allowed me to recognize the smell of small intestine contents in both vomit and stool.
    Last edit by mshultz on Apr 15, '07 : Reason: Wrote MRSA instead of Clostridium difficile