Needs and aims

Why learn about bowel care?

Because the bowel is one of the organs that is affected after SCI no matter what the level of injury is

To stay in control of your bowel and avoid accidents
To  open your bowels regularly, at a time that suits you
So you don’t spend too long on the toilet every day
To avoid constipation and
Autonomic Dysreflexia
To keep healthy

Longer term targets for successful bowel management

Physical or verbal independenceBeing able to adapt your routine back in the community
Establishing a reliable routineCarers educated where appropriate
 Appropriate equipment and/or adaptations in place