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    Bowel care in hospital

    Hopefully there will not be any hospitalizations in my foreseeable future, but I have wondered this: will the hospital allow outsiders ( our own personal attendants) do our bowel program while in the hospital?

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    Why not ask ahead of time? They may or may not have a policy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by landrover View Post
    Hopefully there will not be any hospitalizations in my foreseeable future, but I have wondered this: will the hospital allow outsiders ( our own personal attendants) do our bowel program while in the hospital?
    I've been in hospitals in California several times in 35+ years, and NL has always been permitted to do my bowel programs. Actually, she started doing my bowel programs when I was still in rehab because she was so weary of coming back to the hospital every morning after a program and finding the me and the bed soiled. Night shift wouldn't clean me or the bed up and left it all for the morning shift to do.

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    They would love for the caregiver to do as they most likely won't unless you are on an SCI unit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
    They would love for the caregiver to do as they most likely won't unless you are on an SCI unit.
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    Even in SCI unit, they're happy to be helped.

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    Prior to 2008, when I had my colon removed and an ileostomy made, I had to have someone help me with a bowel program in the hospital. When I had my mitrofanoff surgery, my grandma and mom helped me after the surgery with that when I got home, but while I was in the hospital, a nurse helped me with it. We gave them specific instructions on how to do it and what helps and what doesn't. The hospital I was at (Tacoma General Hospital in WA) was very helpful and didn't seem bothered by helping with a bowel program at all.

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    Yes they should I was in the hospital for a month and a half, my wife stayed with me the whole time bathing me and doing my bowel care no questions asked.

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    it's a nightmare trying to explain my bowel routine to a staff nurse. They may pop in the suppository, but then they will say "here is the call bell, let me know when you're done". To which I will say, stick around, the digital stims are soon to be required, and multiple at that. Digital what?

    Anyway, I was told to make sure your doctor makes a note in the chart that the patient's caregiver is allowed to do the BR.

    And let me tell you, the staff are definitely happy to be absolved of this responsibility.

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    Our experience, in Cali, is that the nurses welcome it! They much prefer a family member or caregiver do BP.

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