ACCT talks: Empowering patients in Transanal Irrigation (TAI) with Valentina Passananti

Posted by Helene Klasson, September 15 2017

"Severe bowel problems are a social stigma. Many people tend to stay at home, too embarrassed to go out. Finding a working bowel routine is key to quality of life for these patients", Valentina Passananti, specialist in Clinical Medicine and Gastroenterology, says.

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Topics: Bowel therapy, TAI, Transanal irrigation, bowel dysfunction

ACCT talks: Bladder and bowel management in children with neurogenic disorder

Posted by Helene Klasson, September 13 2017

"In pediatric care it's common to treat bladder and bowel together, in cross-functional teams, something the adult care could learn from", Dr Giovanni Mosiello, pediatric urologist, says when we meet with him at ICS in Florence.

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Topics: Clean Intermittent Catheterization, Transanal irrigation, Children, Children and TAI

5 reasons to try transanal irrigation (TAI) in children with bowel dysfunction

Posted by Helene Klasson, June 1 2017

When a child suffers from bowel problems, it often affects the whole family. Many struggle for far too long with dietary and stool changing medication, without satisfactory results. But there are other solutions!


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Topics: TAI, Transanal irrigation, Children, Children and TAI

The key to success in bowel management for children

Posted by Helene Klasson, May 24 2017

Bowel management is not an easy subject to talk about. Many children with bowel dysfunction and their families suffer in silence, often in desperate need for help. One of the nurses who goes above and beyond to support these families is award winning Christeen Smith from Edinburgh. Watch this interview to get to know her more!

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Topics: TAI, Transanal irrigation, Children, Children and TAI

TAI for children: With my help, my son started with transanal irrigation (TAI) at the age of three

Posted by Helene Klasson, April 20 2017

Paul and his son Tim, who is now 16 years old, were early adopters of TAI, so much so that they almost invented the therapy themselves…

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Topics: TAI, Transanal irrigation, Children, Children and TAI

6 tips and tricks to succeed with Transanal Irrigation (TAI)

Posted by Kent Revedal, October 13 2016

”As easy as one, two, three...” Everywhere we hear or see commercials about technical things. We hear that it's so easy, almost intuitive. What many of us have learned – sometimes the hard way is that if it sounds too good to be true, it is too good to be true... Some things need to take time and practise.

 

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Topics: TAI, Transanal irrigation, sci

User perspective of TAI: Lack of knowledge among healthcare professionals is causing needless suffering

Posted by Helene Klasson, September 22 2016

Our user panel TellUs gives us a lot of useful information. For example that 82% of the people with Spinal Cord Injury have problems with their bowel. But there is still a stigma attached. Only 29% of the panel members were asked about their bowel by a healthcare professional, while 68% wanted to be asked... Sometimes the knowledge is poor, and sometimes it's just hard to get over the embarrassment.

Our guest blogger Kent Revedal has a clear stand on this matter - this is his direct plea to the healthcare professionals out there!

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Topics: Spinal cord injury, TAI, Transanal irrigation, sci

5 arguments for Transanal Irrigation (TAI)

Posted by Kent Revedal, February 4 2016

When a nurse showed me a TAI system for the first time I was sure it wasn’t for me. It involved water, tubes, catheters and a pump. I could picture how messy it would be, and disgusting. Brown water, constant maintenance, constant aggravation...
No thank you.

But one can change... 

My history has been shared in earlier blog posts: Searching for a bowel therapy and Take it easy—take TAI. If you haven’t read them, feel free to read them first to understand my original circumstances.

And you should definitely continue to read this one about me becoming a TAI advocate!

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Topics: Bowel therapy, TAI, Transanal irrigation

Take it easy—take TAI

Posted by Kent Revedal, January 28 2016

S**t happens! It’s an expression many of us use when life presents unexpected and unwanted situations.
But for some of us ”s**t happens” literally is a dream come true... If you can control it.

In my previous blog  post, Searching for a bowel therapyI shared my story of how desperately I needed a bowel regime that would make me feel safe.
My Spinal Cord Injury had caused loss of control of my bowel and that had a huge impact on my social and business life. 

But now I have found my bowel therapy... Continue to read and I will tell you all about it!

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Topics: Bowel therapy, TAI, Transanal irrigation