Journal article

Bowel motions in critically ill patients: a pilot observational study

Stephanie Bishop, Helen Young, Donna Goldsmith, Donna Buldock, Mi Chin, Rinaldo Bellomo

Critical care and resuscitation : journal of the Australasian Academy of Critical Care Medicine | AUSTRALASIAN MED PUBL CO LTD | Published : 2010

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Limited information exists on the factors affecting bowel motions and the physical characteristics of stools in mechanically ventilated patients in the intensive care environment. We hypothesised that most stools in critically ill patients are not formed and that both diarrhoea and non-defecation are common. DESIGN, SETTING AND PATIENTS: Pilot prospective observational study of 44 patients in a tertiary intensive care unit who were mechanically ventilated for more than 24 hours. METHODS: We collected data on the frequency and appearance (Bristol stool chart) of bowel motions, and administration of nutrition, narcotics, anti-emetics, prokinetics and laxatives. RESULTS: Forty-four ..

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