Lifespan Bowel Management Protocol

The majority of those with Spina Bifida are at risk for bowel incontinence. In children and adolescents, bowel control is important for short and long-term health and plays a key role in the development of independence. For adults, urinary and bowel control is linked to educational attainment, establishing consequential social relationships and employment. “One of the top priorities of people living with Spina Bifida is bowel management, which is critical for health and quality of life,” said Brad Dicianno, MD, Associate Medical Director at SBA. “We believe this protocol will be a useful, evidence-based tool for improving continence and reducing constipation”.

The Lifespan Bowel Management Protocol was developed to further support healthcare professionals in the effective, evidence-based management of bowel incontinence – birth to adulthood – for those living with Spina Bifida and neurogenic bowel. The Protocol includes practical recommendations to assist healthcare professionals in making informed treatment decisions with available scientific data. The aggressive implementation of this Protocol will decrease incontinence rates reducing the overall health risk and increasing the quality of life for those living with Spina Bifida.

For more information about the Lifespan Bowel Management Protocol please contact Judy Thibadeau, RN, MN, Spina Bifida Association Director of Research and Services at jthibadeau@sbaa.org.

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