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Why do nurses need to ask about a patient's last bowel movement? People are different. So are bowel movements. The size, shape and consistency of feces will change greatly from person to person. Instead of looking for what most people call normal, look for a change. Did they use to move their bowels frequently but now have trouble doing so? Did they use to be solid but now are runny for a long period of time? What medications are they on? What are their dietary habits? Etc.
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Constipation
When using the term constipation most of the time it means difficult passage of the stools or passing stools less than 3 times a week. Having constipation once in a while is normal. Here we will talk about chronic constipation.
Some neurologic problems can cause constipation such as: MS ( Mulitple Sclerosis ), Autonomic Neuropathy, Stroke, Parkinson's and some Spinal Cord Injuries.
Other Causes Could Be: Pregnancy, Diabetes, Cancer, or a Bowel Stricture
There are more causes of course but these are a few.
So what increases your patient's risk for constipation?
* Age ( older )
* diet ( low quality foods/ low fibre content )
* dehydration
* lack of exercise
* medications such as opioids, sedatives and some antihypertensives, anticholinergics, and more.
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Yes. We always have to ask. My daughter-in-law was told she could not DC until she had a BM 4 days in a row. She doesn't normally go every day....so they gave herva suppository 4 days in a row. For what?
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Do you all remember black and whites? 30cc MOM with a cascara floater on top. The old men would down it like a shot. If thy didn't have their daily constitutional, they were grumpy all day long.


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Ok, so we covered constipation. Now we go to the opposite, diarrhea. Diarrhea is characterized by abnormally loose, watery stools. Usually a patient will also have stomach cramping, fever, thirst, bloating to accompany the diarrhea.
So some red flags that indicate this is more than just your typical " having the runs " are pus, blood, high fever, emesis ( alot ), weight loss or dehydration.
As a nurse I want to know:
* When did this start?
* Any new medications? What medications have they been on?
* Anything new in the diet?
* Past medical history?
* Any disease process?
* Stool frequency and volume?
* Be sure to ask about the red flag symptoms listed above too.
Be sure to replace lost fluids through drinking more fluids to administering to them intravenously in severe cases. Children and older people are more vulnerable to dehydration.
Prevention is always the best solution so what is the number one method of infection control? Hand washing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I had never really considered it to be diarrhea until I had had three consecutive movements of that type. Thanks to my pain meds, this doesn't even count any more.
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