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What assessment tools would be useful in managing faecal incontinence?

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This article tells you about:

  • How to assess patients with faecal incontinence
  • How to manage the skin in this situation
  • How to help patients cope psychologically

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In what situations will this article be useful to me?

This article will be useful if you are nursing patients with faecal incontinence in an acute setting. When patients are critically ill, fundamental care such as managing incontinence can seem less of a priority. But it is an essential element of care preventing skin damage, pressure ulcers and infection.

Questions for your mentor/tutor

  • What assessment tools would be useful in managing faecal incontinence?
  • Is there a tissue viability specialist at the hospital who can be consulted for advice and support?

Student Nursing Times decoder

  • Faecal management systems: a faecal management system is a fully closed system that collects and contains liquid or semi-liquidstools, helping to protect the skin and prevent faecal contamination of the environment.
  • Barrier cream: skin preparations applied to exposed areas of the skin to protect skin cells from exposure irritants such as loose stools.
  • Excoriation: damage to the surface of the skin from abrasion or contact with urine or stools, for example.
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