Bowel preparation for rectal and colonic investigation

Nurs Stand. 2000 Feb 2-8;14(20):32-5. doi: 10.7748/ns2000.


Background: Nurses need to have a clear understanding of the reasons for effective bowel preparation for patients undergoing imaging of the rectum and colon.

Conclusion: Depending on the specific investigation, a variety of effective oral and rectal preparations are available. One of the most important deciding factors in choosing which should be used is patient tolerance.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Barium
  • Enema
  • Humans
  • Intestinal Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Intestinal Diseases / nursing
  • Rectal Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Rectal Diseases / nursing
  • Sigmoidoscopy / nursing*
  • Specialties, Nursing / methods*


  • Barium