HomeHealth & Wellness after SCIHealth and Wellness by sub-topicBowel Care

2.9. Bowel Care

Bowel Management (25 minutes)
This video stresses management and its importance on QOL, predicting bowel movements, avoiding bowel accidents, Bowel care procedures, Anatomical model demonstrations. Impact of nutrition, water, medications on bowel management, and colostomy management.

Bowel Management - SCI InfoSheet #9
Reviews the process of digestion; how the level of SCI affects one's bowel program; and the different types of bowel programs. Gives suggestions for a successful bowel program and tips on handling bowel problems

Bowel Problems
An article by Craig Hospital Research Department from their SCI Health and Wellness series that discusses complications and problems individuals often have with their bowel program and solutions to them

Bowel Program in SCI
Calder Memorial Library of the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center - This section will help you understand How to follow a bowel program. Following is an illustration of the gastrointestinal tract and a brief discussion of the normal digestion and bowel movement processes.

Colostomies: A radical approach to bowel management
An article by Craig Hospital Research Department from their SCI Health and Wellness series that discusses how a colostomy is a perfectly reasonable way to manage those cranky bowels, reviewing the pros and cons as well as the costs

Neurogenic Bowel Management in Adults with Spinal Cord Injury: Clinical Practice Guidelines
Clinical practice guidelines developed for the care of persons with spinal cord injury. These guidelines were developed to improve management of neurogenic bowel,

Neurogenic Bowel: What You Should Know
A Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) educational guide for people with SCI and their caregivers who assist with daily bowel care. It offers tips on daily care and answers questions on the medical aspects of bowel care.
 
Taking Care of Business: Your Bowel Program
SCI Forum, presented on October 8, 2013 at the University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA.  Most people with spinal cord injuries have changes in bowel function and are not able to empty their bowels normally. Newly injured individuals must learn how to use medications, diet, timing and other means to avoid incontinence or constipation, empty their bowels predictably, prevent medical complications, and feel confident out in the community. Since each person is unique, often some trial and error is part of this process. While most people eventually find a bowel program that works for them, some have ongoing problems, and others develop new complications as they age. Learn about bowel problems and solutions at this Forum featuring an overview by Beth Hall, RN, rehab nurse at Harborview Medical Center, followed by a panel of individuals with SCI discussing their different bowel management situations.

Taking Care of Your Bowels - The Basics
Consumer Education pamphlet by the NW Regional SCI System, University of Washington, describing the bowel and its function, methods for emptying the neurogenic bowel, and factors that can affect a bowel program

Taking Care of your Bowels - Ensuring Success
Consumer Education pamphlet by the NW Regional SCI System, University of Washington, describing problems with bowel programs and what to do about them

 

Bowel Care video selections in Health & Wellness chapter of the Video Resource Room Knowledge Book

 

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