Constipation Nursing Care Plan



Ref: CP041

Constipation Nursing Care Plan

Constipation is medically defined as passing fewer than three stools per week and severe constipation as less than one stool per week. The causes of constipation can include, side effects of some medications, poor bowel habits, low fibre diets, abuse of laxatives, hormonal disorders, and diseases of other parts of the body that also affect the colon.

Continually straining to pass stools can cause pain, discomfort and rectal bleeding. In some cases, bleeding is the result of a small tear around the anus, but, it can be caused by haemorrhoids, or piles. Chronic constipation can also increase the risk of faecal impaction, which is dried, hard stools collecting in the rectum and anus.

The Care Plan sets out a clear explanation of the resident’s issue, and will  guide the nurse or carer through the process of preparing a comprehensive, individual person centred Care Plan.

Constipation Nursing Care Plan Features:

Identifies the signs and symptoms

Details the plan of care

Identifies the complications

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