Furthermore, they also believe that this method could also allow the performance of other surgical methods when necessary (Colwell, Goldberg and Carmel, 2004). Kumar and Bellamy (2006) also noted of the different benefits that patients may gain through their cooperation in processes relating to mechanical bowel preparation. These authors believe that it is through this that postoperative morbidity related to septic bowel content can be efficiently reduced (Kumar and Bellamy, 2006). In fact, they note that this process has always been associated with decreased morbidity and mortality of patients who have undergone operations of the colon, Kumar and Bellamy (2006) discussed.
However, this method tends to face several challenges to its proper implementation such as the inability of the patients to comply (Gordon and Nivatvongs, 1999). ...
, it causes electrolyte disturbance which may in turn, cause the dehydration of the patients; and lastly, the regimen associated with mechanical bowel preparation tends to be time-consuming and expensive (Gordon and Nivatvongs, 1999; Platell and Hall, 2007; Pena-Soria).
It is then because of the abovementioned that Colwell, Goldberg and Carmel (2004) noted that the use of mechanical bowel preparation has always been faced with controversies. In fact, many debates have arisen in relation to the topic on whether or not mechanical bowel preparation must still be performed for patients undergoing surgeries (Kumar and Bellemy, 2006). Hence, a number of health care institutions have stopped requiring patients to undergo the said method due to the publication of several researches that have reiterated the safety of surgeries even without the said method. Nonetheless, Colwell, Goldberg and Carmel (2004) noted that it has remained the standard of care in the Northern American region.
The continuous use of the mechanical bowel preparation method, despite the challenges it poses to the patients receiving it has then raised issues with regard to the capacity of nurses and other members of healthcare institutions to carry the said procedures. This research then seeks to contribute to the existing body of research by looking into the roles played by health care professionals in order to ensure the proper observance of methods related to mechanical bowel preparation.
Objectives of the Study
The main objective of this study is to explore and account for the nurses' experiences in caring for patients who are undergoing procedures related to mechanical bowel preparation. This objective can be achieved through a careful examination of their views, knowledge and perspectives on