Administering a suppository

Nurs Times. 2007 Mar;103(10):26-7.


A suppository is a medicated solid formulation prepared for insertion into the rectum to dissolve at body temperature (Moppet and Parker, 1999). The administration of a suppository requires skill and competence on behalf of the practitioner, as well as compliance with the NMC (2004a) guidelines on the administration of medicines and local drug administration policy.

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Rectal
  • Documentation
  • Drug Therapy / methods
  • Drug Therapy / nursing*
  • Humans
  • Nursing Assessment
  • Nursing Records
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Suppositories / administration & dosage*


  • Suppositories