How to administer an enema

Royal College of Nursing

Educator: Royal College of Nursing
Course Duration: 60 minutes

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This module aims to help nurses undertake the administration of enemas in a safe, effective and patient-centred manner, ensuring privacy and dignity. The administration of an enema is a common healthcare procedure, which can be used to deliver medication or aid bowel evacuation. The administration of an enema should be undertaken by a competent nurse. An enema is a liquid preparation inserted into the rectum. The nurse must explain the procedure to the patient and should assist the individual before, during and after the procedure. The nurse should document all care given.

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