Julia Herbert discusses how anal plugs can be used to improve the quality of life for people with faecal incontinence. Abstract Herbert, J. Nursing Times; 13, 66— Living with anal incontinence can have a significant impact on the lives of sufferers and their families. A female patient in her 50s shared her experiences of having faecal incontinence as a result of a obstetric injury sustained at the delivery of her first son 24 years ago.
Anal incontinence AI in adults is a troublesome condition that negatively impacts upon quality of life and results in significant embarrassment and social isolation. The conservative management of AI is the first step and targets symptomatic relief. The use of a mechanical barrier in the form of an anal plug and the outcomes and principles of pelvic kinesitherapies and biofeedback options are outlined.
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