Wednesday, May 15, 2013

 On dangers of Rectal Tubes

The management of fecal incontinence is a struggle to maintain patient hygiene and limit the transmission of nosocomial infections. Intrarectal devices that cause diversion and collection of the fecal stream have been used with increasing frequency. This method can effectively control patient waste if used in an appropriate setting.

We examine a series of 3 patients in whom rectal trauma resulting in life-threatening hemorrhage was associated with use of the ConvaTec Flexi-Seal fecal management system.

In 2 patients there was a history of traumatic removal, and the third developed a rectal pressure ulcer associated with use of this device. All 3 patients required surgical or endoscopic intervention to achieve hemostasis.

Although effective, the Flexi-Seal fecal management system should be used with caution to avoid rectal trauma. Injury is most likely to occur because of traumatic removal or rectal ulceration secondary to pressure necrosis.


Sparks D and coll.  - Rectal trauma and associated hemorrhage with the use of the ConvaTec Flexi-Seal fecal management system: report of 3 cases. , Dis Colon Rectum. - 2010 Mar;53(3):346-9

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