Nursing standard



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Art & science

clinical skills
36 june 1 :: vol 30 no 40 :: 2016
NURSING STANDARD
How to perform digital removal
of faeces
Rationale and key points
This article provides practitioners with information about how to perform digital removal of faeces in a safe, effective and patient- centred manner, promoting privacy and dignity. Passing faecal matter is essential to enable the elimination of waste. For some people, however, defecation is not possible without some form of intervention this could be the administration of oral medication or an enema, insertion of suppositories or digital removal of faeces.

Bowel care is a fundamental aspect of patient care Digital removal of faeces should be performed by a practitioner competent in this skill.

Digital removal of faeces is an invasive procedure and should only be carried out when necessary following holistic patient assessment.


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