Fecal Impaction Removal, Digital

Fecal Impaction Removal, Digital

Fecal impaction is a large, hard, dry mass of stool in the folds of the rectum and, at times, in the sigmoid colon that results from prolonged retention and accumulation of stool. Common causes include poor bowel habits, inactivity, dehydration, improper diet (especially inadequate fluid intake), constipation-inducing drugs, and incomplete bowel cleaning after a barium enema or barium swallow. Digital removal of fecal impaction is used when oil
retention and cleansing enemas, suppositories, and laxatives fail to clear the impaction. It typically requires a doctor’s order.

This procedure is contraindicated during pregnancy; after rectal, genitourinary, abdominal, perineal, or gynecologic reconstructive surgery; in patients with myocardial infarction, coronary insufficiency, pulmonary embolus, heart failure, heart block, and Stokes-Adams syndrome (without pacemaker treatment); and in patients with GI or vaginal bleeding, hemorrhoids, rectal polyps, or blood dyscrasias.

Jul 21, 2016 | Posted by in NURSING | Comments Off on Fecal Impaction Removal, Digital

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