enema and suppository

  1. My pt has orders to give fleets enema if no BM in 3 days. She also has a routine glycerin supp. On that day. Is it okay to give both or should I just give the supp?
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  3. by   Sun0408
    Is the supp. ordered daily? If it is and the pt still has not had a BM in the 3 days I would give the enema as ordered, hold the supp. for a later time (after the enema has taken it's full effect).. Depending on how the orders are written, you may not need to give the supp after the enema if the pt had a BM.
  4. by   skittlebear
    Thanks...the suppository is routine 3 days a week and the enema is ordered if she doesn't have a bowel movement in 3 days. Hmmm...
  5. by   Silverdragon102
    I personally would not give the suppository and just give the enema if indicated.
  6. by   Ayeloflo
    Okay if suppository is a routine order, you give it as ordered. Wait for result for however long the med is supposed to take have an effect. Your decision to give enema is dependent on the outcome of suppository administration. So your enema order is Plan B, if suppository is not helping with the BM. If patient has diarrhea, you hold the laxative, and document it.
  7. by   skittlebear
    Thanks to all who responded. I opted to just give her the suppositiry and it worked a lot better than anticipated! : )