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Caring for the Person With Faecal Incontinence: A Compassionate Approach to Management

Achieving bowel control it is generally considered a landmark in a child’s development. However faecal incontinence in an adult has negative physical, emotional and social implications and may cause great suffering for the person who is incontinent, as well as that person’s carers.

Caring for the Person with Faecal Incontinence will assist nurses to understand the principles behind a compassionate and effective approach to the management of faecal incontinence. The suggested nursing management strategies will be of use in a wide range of practice settings, including the community and residential aged care. In addition, nurse-readers will be encouraged to further explore the issues relating to the problem of faecal incontinence by accessing material in the reference list at the end of the book.

Caring for the Person with Faecal Incontinence was written by nurses, for nurses. The authors are aware that some readers may have difficulty accessing additional information to assist in their management of faecally incontinent residents or patients. This book will support such nurses by suggesting the nursing process as a framework for clinical practice, as well as a means of increasing knowledge about faecal incontinence. As well as being a clinical resource, this book may also be used as a teaching resource for nurses.

In their thoughtful and practical presentation of information, the authors have provided all nurses with a unique resource that remains relevant to the poorly understood but fundamental nursing issue of caring for the person who is faecally incontinent.

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Contents include

  • Faecal incontinence as a human growth and developmental experience
  • Faecal incontinence as a health issue causing human suffering
  • What it means physically, emotionally and socially to be faecally incontinen.
  • What about the carer?
  • Physical aspects of caring for a person with faecal incontinence
  • Emotional and social aspects of caring for a person with faecal incontinence
  • Do nurses respond compassionately to patients who are faecally incontinent?
  • The stucture and function of the digestive tract
  • Other structures that assist in maintaining normal bowel function
  • The physical process of defecation
  • Defecation
  • What is flatus?
  • What is faeces?
  • What happens during digestion
  • Age-related changes
  • What is faecal incontinence?
  • Environmental factors
  • Faecal impaction
  • Dementia
  • Encopresis
  • Principles of nursing assessment;
  • Physical examination and investigations
  • The nursing process and faecal incontinence
  • Planning: setting realistic short and long term goals
  • Management approaches
  • Bowel management programs
  • Aids and appliances
  • Skin care

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Author / Editor Biographies

RN, BN and GradDip Ger.
RN, BA (Hons) and GradDip Geront
Cynthea Wellings was educated as a registered nurse at the Royal London Hospital, England, Cynthea Wellings migrated to Australia in 1981. Her extensive nursing experience, both in England and Australia, involved working in community and general hospital settings, as well as a short period in mental health nursing. Her passion, however, was always trauma nursing. After completing postgraduate qualifications in gerontology nursing, Cynthea focused her attention on continence promotion becoming a founding member of the Continence Foundation of Australia, and co-authoring a bestselling book about...


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