In order to safely deliver complex or high-intensity bowel care to the clients, ED Partners has introduced a Complex Bowel Management course for the support workers. Additionally, according to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (Quality Indicators) Guidelines 2018 the providers must meet and comply with the NDIS Practice Standards.
Complex Bowel Care is a part of NDIS High-Intensity Support Activity, which requires a specialist level of support. The support provided is to the participant at risk of severe constipation or fecal incontinence, or a history of spinal injuries.
Through the course, the support workers will learn about-
- Infection control and personal hygiene maintenance
- Knowledge of the basic anatomy of the digestive system
- Understanding of stool characteristics indicating healthy bowel functioning
- Observing and recording any signs and symptoms of bowel habit changes
- Understanding symptoms for intervention or medical help
- Intervention techniques and options
- Administering laxatives, suppositories, or enemas
- Administering other non-routine medication
- Maintaining hydration and nutrition requirements
For practical knowledge, course participants will participate in a trial with a dummy to test their theoretical comprehension and skills to administer a mini enema.
The successful participants of the test will be awarded a Certificate of Achievement from ED Partners.