How to administer an enema

This learning module has been accredited by the Royal College of Nursing and was last updated in 2016.

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Duration: 01:00:00 Type: How to modules Level: Qualified Nurses, Students


Ian Peate, Professor of nursing, Gibraltar Health Authority, Gibraltar.

Short description

Read this module and update your knowledge and skills on how to administer enemas.

Detailed description

This module aims to help nurses undertake the administration of enemas in a safe, effective and patient-centred manner, ensuring privacy and dignity. The administration of an enema is a common healthcare procedure, which can be used to deliver medication or aid bowel evacuation.

  • The administration of an enema should be undertaken by a competent nurse.
  • An enema is a liquid preparation inserted into the rectum.
  • The nurse must explain the procedure to the patient and should assist the individual before, during and after the procedure.
  • The nurse should document all care given.