What does skin integrity have to do with bowel care? If you are asking this question, your patients might be at risk. Improper bowel care for people with fecal incontinence can create a myriad of skin-related problems, including dermatitis, pressure ulcers, perianal skin breakdown, and wound contamination. Skin areas most affected are near the buttocks,…

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Impact of Spina Bifida on Bowel and Bladder Function Research shows that 90-95% of severely affected children born with Spina Bifida will not have normal bladder and bowel function, 60-70% will require intermittent catheterization and medication to control bladder function, and 20-30% will require major reconstructive bladder and bowel surgery. A hallmark clinical presentation of…

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