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What should a nurse watch for if she is caring for a client with a fecal impaction?

This question is part of basic physical care (part 1)

Asked by Alderney, Last updated: Sep 09, 2020

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John Adney

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1Liquid or semiliquid stools
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John Smith

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Answered Sep 09, 2016

Liquid or semiliquid stools.-rationale: passage of liquid or semiliquid stools results from seepage of unformed bowel contents around the impacted stool in the rectum. clients with fecal impaction dont pass hard, brown, formed stools because the feces cant move past the impaction. these clients typically report the urge to defecate (although they cant pass stool) and decreased appetite.client needs category: physiological integrityclient needs subcategory: physiological adaptationcognitive level: comprehensionreference: taylor, c., et al. fundamentals of nursing: the art and science of nursing care, 6th ed. philadelphia: lippincott williams & wilkins, 2008, p. 1575.
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