Prevention of an Impacted Bowel
One type of condition that a resident can develop is an impacted bowel, a result of feces becoming trapped in the lower part of the large intestine. If left untreated, it could lead to serious and potentially fatal consequences.
As the feces collects in the bowel, it becomes hardened. This can lead to irritation in the rectum. Fluid and mucus can leak, causing fecal incontinence. It is not only a painful condition, but also eventually could become fatal if the patient develops an infection. Sepsis is a deadly type of infection that the resident can acquire, which is triggered by an inflammation when chemicals are released into the blood to ward off body contamination.
When a nursing home patient has an impacted bowel, this is usually the result of negligence. It is a condition that can be prevented with proper care and attention. If nursing home staff notice the resident is not having regular bowel movements, they should immediately report it to a physician.
Failure to care for a patient properly or to recognize signs of an impacted bowel could lead to serious complications.
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