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Which of the following responses from the client is correct when preparing him for the diagnostic study of the colon by self-administering a prepackaged enema?



A. I will administer the enema while sitting on the toilet.
B. I will administer the enema while lying on my left side with my right knee flexed.
C. I will administer the enema while lying on my right side with my left knee flexed.
D. I will administer the enema while lying on my back with both knees flexed.

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g.Kenneth

G.Kenneth

Answered Apr 19, 2018

When a client is preparing to self-administer a prepackaged enema, the correct response would be “I will administer the enema while lying on my left side with my right leg bent”. This is the best response if the patient plans to do it on a bed. It allows the fluids to go to the right places.

When an enema is properly placed, a shut off valve is located behind the client. This is then controlled with the left hand, which is supposed to be behind the client. Depending on where you look online, some sources say that lying on a bathroom floor, the client should be lying on their back, both knees up and flexed. This is not the best way to do it.

 

John Smith

John Smith

Answered Sep 09, 2016

I will administer the enema while lying on my left side with my right knee flexed.-rationale: lying on the left side allows the enema solution to flow downward by gravity into the rectum and sigmoid colon. the other options dont accomplish this goal and, therefore, are less effective in evacuating the lower bowel.client needs category: safe, effective care environmentclient needs subcategory: safety and infection controlcognitive level: comprehensionreference: taylor, c., et al. fundamentals of nursing: the art and science of nursing care, 6th ed. philadelphia: lippincott williams & wilkins, 2008, p. 1588.
 

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