Regular bowel elimination is essential for good health. The bowel elimination process, however, may work normally for some people but poorly for others. As the body ages, some of the physical and psychological changes that take place can negatively affect the bowel elimination process. Although problems with bowel elimination are common among the elderly, it is preventable. As a caregiver, you can help to identify and prevent constipation and fecal impaction. You can accomplish this task by knowing the elimination needs and patterns of those you care for and by following guidelines for the promotion of normal bowel elimination. In this course, you will learn what constipation and fecal impaction are, how to prevent constipation, and what factors cause the overuse of laxatives.
Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: The Facts about Constipation A. Fact or Fiction B. Normal Bowel Elimination C. Constipation and Fecal Impaction D. Controllable Factors E. Responding to Elimination Needs F. Providing Assistance G. Uncontrollable Factors H. The Impact of Medications I. Documentation J. Review Section 3: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributors C. References D. Resources E. Congratulations
Jennifer Moore, RN-BC, CDP, WCC started working in the senior care industry in 2000. She is a certified Gerontological Nurse, a Certified Dementia Practitioner, and Wound Care Certified. She has held positions including MDS Coordinator, Director of Nursing, Medicare Nurse Coordinator, Nurse Consultant, Area Manager, and Director of Quality Assurance. Her overall responsibility within each of these positions was to ensure residents received the highest quality of care. This included active participation in quality improvement initiatives, review of clinical records to identify areas of weakness, corroboration with the medical director to institute policies and procedures for resident care, and staff education/training. Additionally, she was responsible for maintaining an effective compliance program under a Quality of Care Corporate Integrity Agreement with the Office of Inspector General for a period of five years. She currently serves as the Director of Curriculum Design & Research for Relias. Within this position, her responsibility is to oversee the development of online training modules across the healthcare continuum. She has served as the subject matter expert for courses on re-hospitalization, clinical skill reviews, leadership, management, and various OSHA and regulatory compliance topics. In addition, she has presented at various state conferences on mandatory compliance, quality assessment and assurance (QA&A), and quality assurance and performance improvement (QAPI). Disclosure: Jennifer Moore, RN-BC, CDP, WCC has no Relevant Financial or Non-Financial Relationship with ineligible companies to disclose.Expert Reviewer: Peggy Hewson, BScN, MaED
Peggy is a Health Services professional with over 38 years of progressive Nursing, Education, and Health Management experience including Critical Care Emergency Nursing, Case Management, and Home Care Senior Management. As Director of Product Management, Ontario Association of Community Care Access Centre’s, she was responsible for overseeing all aspects of software product delivery including implementation and constant improvement of a provincial home care solution and assessment solution for the Province of Ontario. Peggy is highly skilled in all aspects of communication and education, including facilitation, presentations, Disclosure: Peggy Hewson, BScN, MaED has no Relevant Financial or Non-Financial Relationship with ineligible companies to disclose.
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