Presentation on theme: "Bowel Management. Rectum Sigmoid colon bowel stomach oesophagus back passage mouth The digestive system."— Presentation transcript:
Rectum Sigmoid colon bowel stomach oesophagus back passage mouth The digestive system
Why do you need to look after your bowel after Spinal Cord Injury? The feelings from your bowel may have changed Your control of your bowel may have changed The movement of stool (poo) through your bowel may have slowed down Why learn about bowel care? To stay in control of your bowel and avoid accidents So that you can empty your bowels regularly and at a time that suits you So you don’t spend too long on the toilet To avoid constipation and Autonomic Dysreflexia To keep healthy
What can you do to help look after your bowel? Empty your bowel at the same time every day or every other day Have meals regularly through the day Drink a lot, especially water Eat 5 portions a day of fruit or vegetables and 2 portions of whole grain foods (for example: weetabix, brown bread, brown rice or pasta, mangos and dried apricots) Have a hot drink 20 minutes before you start your bowel routine
Laxatives – medicines which help the bowel to work You may be given one or more of these to help you empty your bowel Movicol is a powder that you mix with water Senokot is a tablet that you take 8 to 12 hours before you want to empty your bowel Fybogel is a powder that you mix with water or fruit juice
Suppositories are made of glycerin and are inserted into your back passage. Suppositories melt and lubricate your bowel which makes it easier to empty.
When it is time to empty your bowel: Collect plastic gloves, Aquajel and place them by the toilet Sit comfortably on the toilet and relax Put on a plastic glove and squeeze a little Aquajel onto your finger Put 2 suppositories into your back passage as you were shown by your nurse Massage your tummy After a few minutes you can gently rub your back passage You may need to empty your bowel with your finger. Your nurse can show you how to do this.
type 1 type 2 type 3 type 4 type 5 type 6 type 7 Separate hard lumps Sausage shaped but lumpy Like a sausage but with cracks in the surface Like a snake, smooth and soft Soft blobs Mushy Entirely liquid Different types of stool (poo)
Ask for help if the following problems occur: constipation - your stool (poo) is hard and dry diarrhoea - your stool (poo) is runny or liquid bowel accidents bloated and painful stomach increased spasm Autonomic Dysreflexia leaking urine bleeding from your back passage
Who can help you? Your carer Telephone number: Your nurse Telephone number: Your GP Telephone number: Spinal Outpatient Team Telephone number: or