Regular bowel emptying is essential for good health. However, some people may have difficulty at times with the bowel movement process. As the body ages, some of the changes that occur with aging can affect bowel function in a negative way. There are also other risk factors that can affect bowel function, including taking certain types of medications. Some problems with bowel movements can be prevented. There are treatments available for constipation, as well. In this course, you will learn about constipation and fecal impaction, ways to prevent them, and the medications that are used to treat constipation. The goal of this course is to present general staff and non-licensed direct care workers in home health care settings with guidance for managing constipation and fecal impaction.
Texas HHSC has determined that Relias Learning’s submitted training meets or exceeds the minimum standards for HCSSA administrator training in the following categories: Licensed Home Health (LHH), Licensed and Certified Home Health (L&CHH). Texas HHSC also recognizes Relias Learning provides continuing education for administrators and alternate administrators. This activity is approved for 0.5000 contact hours.
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: Constipation and Fecal Impaction
Fact or Fiction
Constipation and Fecal Impaction
The Impact of Medications
Section 3: Conclusion
Jennifer has over 25 years of clinical and teaching experience, and her areas of expertise are critical care and home health. She is certified as an OASIS Specialist- Clinical (COS-C). She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Virginia in 1993 and her Master of Science in Nursing from The University of North Carolina, Greensboro in 1996. Her professional practice in education is guided by a philosophy borrowed from Florence Nightingale’s Notes on Nursing, “I do not pretend to teach her how, I ask her to teach herself, and for this purpose, I venture to give her some hints.” Disclosure: Jennifer W. Burks, M.S.N., R.N. discloses the following potential conflict of interests/commercial interests: Relevant Financial Relationship with Relias LLC as a Salaried Employee All of the relationships listed for this individual have been mitigated.Relevant Non-Financial Relationship with No Entities Exists as a Contributor All of the relationships listed for this individual have been mitigated.
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