How to administer an enema

This learning module has been accredited by the Royal College of Nursing and was last updated in 2020.

All modules are subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software.

Duration: 01:00:00 Type: How to modules Level: Nursing students, Registered nurses


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

Short description

Update your knowledge and clinical skills in how to administer enemas.

Detailed description

This learning module focuses on the administration of an enema, for example to achieve bowel evacuation, in a safe, effective and patient-centred manner that ensures privacy and dignity before, during and after the procedure.‚Äč


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