Alert: a change in bladder management for the individual with a spinal cord injury can lead to constipation
Changes in bladder management for individuals with a spinal cord injury may lead to constipation. A review of the literature shows that current evidence based practice promotes management methods that protect renal function. Those who have managed long-term using manual bladder compression, or abdominal straining manoeuvres, may already have upper urinary tract damage and are prone to constipation if changing their bladder emptying management techniques. Nurses who assist those with spinal cord injury need to provide support and education to aid individuals to manage urinary and faecal elimination.