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Understanding Elimination in Nursing - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
Assisting patients in elimination is a necessary practice for professional nurses. While never a highlight of the career, elimination is a vital part of treatment and recovery. The lessons in this chapter will teach you about various aspects of the elimination process like how it works and how to promote elimination in the human body. Take end-of-lesson quizzes to measure how well you have learned the material and contact a knowledgeable instructor with any questions. These lessons cover such topics as:
- The physiological process of elimination
- Promoting bowel elimination
- The functions of the intestines
- How to assess bowel integrity
- Examination of a nursing case study
|Urinary Elimination: Anatomy, Physiology & Common Disturbances||Get the facts on urinary elimination.|
|The Anatomy, Physiology & Functions of the Intestines||Discover the inner workings of the intestines.|
|The Physiological Process in Bowel Elimination||Learn about the process of elimination in the bowels.|
|Constipation: Definition, Causes & Impact||Study how constipation affects the human body.|
|Fecal Incontinence: Definition & Causes||This lesson will address the issue of fecal incontinence and its causes.|
|Flatulence: Definition, Causes & Process||Determine why flatulence happens and what the process actually entails.|
|Diarrhea: Definition, Types & Causes||Address the various forms diarrhea can take and the different reasons it may occur.|
|Factors Influencing Bowel Elimination||See what factors affect bowel elimination.|
|Assessing Bowel Integrity & Function||Learn techniques to assess the bowels.|
|Agents Commonly Used to Promote Bowel Elimination||Discover ways to assist elimination of the bowels.|
|Nursing Case Study: Bowel Elimination||Examine an actual case study relating to bowel elimination and nursing.|
1. The Physiological Process in Bowel Elimination
Bowel elimination is the way your digestive tract rids itself of solid wastes. Learn how the foods you eat are stripped of their nutrients and prepared for removal. Discover the structures, movements, and reflexes involved in bowel elimination.
2. Constipation: Definition, Causes & Impaction
In this lesson, you're going to learn the general and specific definitions of constipation, some of the causes of constipation, as well as the definition of an impaction.
3. Fecal Incontinence: Definition & Causes
Most of us can 'hold it.' Some people, however, cannot. That may be a sign of fecal incontinence. What this is and the primary reasons as to its occurrence are outlined in this lesson.
4. Flatulence: Definition, Causes & Process
In this lesson, you'll learn the proper word and definition for farting, its main causes, and the process behind why a person farts in the first place. You'll also learn when you should go to the doctor.
5. Diarrhea: Definition, Types & Causes
Did you know there is more than one reason for diarrhea, that there is more than one kind of diarrhea, and that there is way more than one way to define diarrhea? Learn more in this lesson.
6. Factors Influencing Bowel Elimination
Eliminating wastes from the body is a natural process. Yet, there are some factors that influence how easy it is to control bowel elimination. Learn how things like diet, fluid intake, activity level, and associated conditions influence elimination.
7. Assessing Bowel Integrity
We are going to discuss the meaning of bowel integrity and then explore ways to assess bowel integrity in patients. We will cover a few things that can alter bowel integrity.
8. Assessing Bowel Function
This lesson explores the different techniques that nurses use to assess bowel function in patients. You'll also learn about a few factors that may alter bowel function.
9. Agents Commonly Used to Promote Bowel Elimination
We are going to discuss the agents that can be used to promote bowel elimination in patients suffering from constipation. We will also cover the patient education points that need to be discussed with administration of the agents.
10. Nursing Case Study: Bowel Elimination
This nursing case study takes a look at bowel elimination problems. Through this case study, you'll learn how to follow the nursing care process to address bowel elimination issues.
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- Communication & Interpersonal Relations in Nursing
- Nursing Safety
- Hygiene for Nurses
- Asepsis & Infection Control
- Medication Administration & Nursing
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- Understanding Rest & Sleep for Nurses
- Mobility & Immobility Issues in Nursing
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