Manual for bowel management in persons with spinal cord injury


Prevention of Constipation, Fecal Incontinence, and Diarrhea



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2. Prevention of Constipation, Fecal Incontinence, and Diarrhea
Unpredictable bowel movement affects the everyday lives of persons with theses conditions for example, going out of the house becomes a problem. Therefore, achieving regular bowel movement is necessary to improve the quality of life of persons with spinal cord injury.
3. Prevention of Decubitus Ulcer
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Persons with spinal cord injury lose sensation in the skin and thus tend to be slow in realizing the presence of a skin wound and decubitus ulcer. They are also prone to developing decubitus because of the poor blood flow caused by the compression of the hips during prolonged
* Ileus: The state in which the flow of food and digestive juices is disrupted in the small and large intestines. That is, the intestine becomes clogged with contents. Symptoms of ileus include stomachache caused by abdominal distension due to flatulence, nausea, and vomiting due to the reflux of intestinal contents Surgery is sometimes required to treat this condition Decubitus ulser: The state in which the skin and deeper tissues are impaired by continuous external force compression and shear) to apart of the body. Decubitus occurs in bony protrusions such as the sacral, ischial, coccygeal, great trochanter, and iliac regions, and on the heels.

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