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NB: PRIOR TO PURCHASING THIS PRODUCT YOU SHOULD CONSULT WITH A RELEVANT HEALTH PROFESSIONAL ABOUT THIS PRODUCT AND WHETHER IT SUITS YOUR NEEDS. A HEALTH PROFESSIONAL WILL ALSO ASSIST IN TEACHING YOU TO USE THIS PRODUCT IN THE CORRECT WAY.

Practical Tips about bowel irrigation

You should consult with your health professional about your specific situation prior to commencing with rectal irrigation.

Before you start make sure you have everything you will need. All our cones are supplied with a water based lubricant to lubricate the cone for easier insertion. Extra disposable plastic gloves, wet wipes and a waste bin with disposable plastic liner may also be useful.

You can use the strap to secure the tubing to your leg so the pump is in easy reach. One strap is provided with the Aquaflush Compact Starter Kit or available separately (AFStrap).

Use the extension tube to increase the length of tubing for ease of use
One extension tube is provided with the Aquaflush Compact Starter Kit or available separately (AFExtn).

Important Information

You should discuss existing use of bowel medications such as laxatives with your health professional. Discuss with your health professional your current medications and he will advise how to alter the dosage of these as you progress with bowel irrigation. Before commencing bowel irrigation any really severe constipation or impaction needs to be resolved. Your Health Care Professional can help you. Always drink around 1.5-2 litres of water per day. Please ensure your diet contains plenty of fibre such as fruit and vegetables.  Once severe constipation is resolved regular rectal irrigation should help prevent future episodes.

Pain

During the irrigation process you should not experience any pain. If during rectal irrigation you do experience pain please stop the irrigation process and consult with your Helth Professional. If the pain continues and/or is accompanied by bleeding or vomiting, then seek emergency medical advice immediately.

Blood

On occasions there may be spots of blood on the cone or in the toilet. Do not worry but if it keeps occurring then mention it to your Healthcare Professional. Sudden major bleeding requires emergency medical attention.

Abdominal spasms/cramps

Check the temperature of the water is lukewarm. Pump the water in more slowly. Allow any gas to pass. Some people experience abdominal spasms as part of the bowel emptying process. If it has always been a feature of your bowel emptying then you may find it is slightly more severe during irrigation. With Aquaflush compact you are using a small amount of water so this should be less of an issue.

Feeling sick or bloated during/after the irrigation

It is not unusual for people to feel a bit unwell during or immediately after irrigation.

These symptoms should pass quickly:

• Nausea

• Light headedness/dizziness

• Goose-bumps

• Sweating

• Palpitations

It makes sense to ensure there is someone near at hand that can help you for the first few irrigations

Safety

 

People have been using rectal irrigation throughout the ages. If a qualified Health Care Professional has assessed you and correctly instructed to use the system then the risk of complications should be minimal. Some people experience a little discomfort or bleeding. correct insertion and responsible use of the system at all times will ensure there are no complications. Pumping in too much water or damaging the bowel with water that is too hot can also be a complication so ensure the water temperature is correct and you are pumping in the recommended volume

IMPORTANT: For people with Spinal injuries at or above lesion level T6 only

If you have such a spinal injury you should be aware of a condition called Autonomic Dysreflexia (AD) sometimes also known as Hyperreflexia. It is an autonomic reflex causing a sudden, severe, increase in blood pressure in response to pain
or discomfort, usually originating below the level of paralysis. Tetraplegics are more prone to this complication. It is a medical emergency. We strongly recommend that you talk to your prescribing Health Care Professional about this before commencing rectal irrigation.