Constipation is a common problem in palliative care with patients more at risk of developing this condition due to the medications that they are on, having reduced mobility and a reduction in their fluid intake. It's a symptom that can very distressing for patients which is why it is so important to address.
This Constipation clinical case will guide you through a very common clinical scenario that you will come across in your practice. It will teach you about the different factors that contribute to patients becoming constipated, the different types of laxatives and their mode of action, different rectal interventions, complications of constipation, as well as bowel management in patients with spinal cord compression.
I hope you find it useful!
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