Administration of a Rectal Suppository

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The rectal route is used when the other routes are not appropriate.

A suppository is a torpedo shaped medication which dissolves with body heat when administered rectally.

This route allows for faster absorption of the medication than via the oral route, with reduction in side effects associated with oral administration and gastro-intestinal irritation.

This route is both physically and psychosocially uncomfortable, so you need to clearly educate your client on what is going to happen.

This route is used for the administration of:

  • Laxatives for constipation and as a part of a bowel preparation regime
  • Analgesia
  • Non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs (NSAID)
  • Antibiotics

Clients that might utilise this route include:

  • Fasting
  • Pallative care
  • Spinal cord injured

To complete this module you will require either a:

  • MIMS
  • Australian Handbook
  • Manufacturer’s guide
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