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Safe use of oral bowel-cleansing preparations

30 January 2013

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Oral bowel-cleansing agents are commonly used to prepare the bowel for colorectal surgery, and before endoscopic and radiological examination of the large intestine...

Assessment and treatment of older patients with constipation

01 November 2006

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

This article examines the experiences of an older patient with constipation to illustrate the importance of thorough assessment. The interaction between another...

Nursing management of irritable bowel syndrome

29 April 2019

Nursing Standard


Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is an umbrella term for a common range of symptoms such as abdominal pain, distension (bloating), diarrhoea and constipation. Nurses...

Irritable bowel syndrome: assessment and management

08 September 2004

Nursing Standard


In this article the author discusses irritable bowel syndrome – a chronic, debilitating and functional disorder. The management of irritable bowel syndrome is based...

A procedure for the digital removal of faeces

26 January 2005

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

This article describes the development of an evidence-based procedure for the digital removal of faeces (DRF) and the problems and barriers encountered–not least the...

In your best interests

27 April 2010

Nursing Standard


Nurses in Birmingham are raising awareness of the national bowel cancer screening programme throughout their diverse community.

Irritable bowel syndrome in adults: symptoms, treatment and management

Nursing Standard

evidence & practice

Irritable bowel syndrome is a complex functional bowel disorder. It can be difficult to treat because of its presentation with multiple symptoms and aggravating...

Ingestion or aspiration of foreign bodies by children

01 November 2013

Emergency Nurse

Art & Science

Ingestion and aspiration of foreign bodies are common reasons for children presenting to emergency departments. A significant proportion of such events are often...

Bowel cancer in the older person

01 May 2002

Cancer Nursing Practice


Colorectal cancer is a significant health problem throughout the western world. In the UK it is the second most common cause of death (NHSCRO 1997). The disease is...

Rectal irrigation for patients with functional bowel disorders

09 March 2010

Nursing Standard

Art & science

Functional bowel disorders encompass a number of symptoms including abdominal, pelvic and/or anal pain, bloating, nausea, disturbed bowel function, faecal urgency or...