Safe use of rectal suppositories and enemas with adult patients
Anne Pegram Lecturer, King’s College London, London
Jacqueline Bloomfield Lecturer, King’s College London, London
Anne Jones Lecturer, King’s College London, London
Medications that are given via the rectal route are prescribed for a variety of reasons and have either a local or systemic effect. The administration of suppositories and enemas is an intimate procedure which has the potential to cause embarrassment and discomfort for the patient. This article outlines the reasons for the use of rectal medications and recommends a procedure to be followed when giving them.
Nursing Standard. 22, 38,39-41. doi: 10.7748/ns2008.05.22.38.39.c6564
Published in print: 28 May 2008Peer review
This article has been subject to double blind peer review