Administration of a Rectal Enema
The rectal route for administration of medication is used when the other routes are not appropriate.
An enema is a liquid preparation of a medication designed for rectal administration.
This route allows for faster absorption of the medication than via the oral route, with a reduction in side effects normally associated with oral administration and gastro-intestinal irritation.
This route is both physically and psychosocially uncomfortable, so there is a need to clearly educate your client on what is going to happen prior to administration.
This route is used for the administration of:
– Laxatives for constipation and as a part of a bowel preparation regime
– Non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs (NSAID)
Clients that might utilise this route include:
– Pallative care
– Spinal cord injured
To complete this module you will require either a:
– Australian Handbook
– Manufacturer’s guide