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A solution to bowel management issues with Multiple Sclerosis

Posted by Helene Klasson, February 8 2018

Kerry has Multiple Sclerosis (MS), with bowel problems among the many symptoms this condition presents. In the second part of Kerry's story she reveals how she took control of her bowels.

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Topics: TAI, Multiple Sclerosis, bowel dysfunction

Coping with my MS related bowel problems

Posted by Helene Klasson, January 26 2018

Suffering from MS related bowel problems might feel hopeless, but don't give up just yet. We talked to Kerry who spent hours and hours in the bathroom due to constipation, before she found her therapy. 

 

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Topics: MS, bowel dysfunction

Anne's story: How I found the solution to my MS related bowel problems

Posted by Helene Klasson, December 22 2017

For Anne, visual impairment was the first sign of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Another serious effect of her diagnosis were the severe bowel problems she experienced. In this post, Anne shares how she recovered a functioning bowel routine.

 

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Topics: TAI, Transanal irrigation, MS

66 years old, and my first app download changed my life

Posted by Helene Klasson, December 15 2017


Paulene, 66, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) at the age of 40, and has had bowel issues ever since. Her nurse recommended she try a new therapy, but what does an app have to do with bowel function...

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Topics: App, TAI, Transanal irrigation

Supporting SCI rehabilitation in Tanzania with research grant winner Ericaeli Nade

Posted by Helene Klasson, December 1 2017

We speak to winner of the 2017 The International Network of SCI Nurses and Wellspect study grant: Ericaeli Nade. In this post, Ericaeli describes SCI care in her native Tanzania and her hopes for this study.

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Topics: Clean Intermittent Catheterization, sci, Study grant

Combined bladder and bowel care for increased quality of life in spinal cord injury patients

Posted by Helene Klasson, October 25 2017

Three experts met on stage at ISCoS in Dublin, and despite their different backgrounds and perspectives they all agreed on what's needed for future success in Spinal Cord Injury continence care.

Judging by the attendance at the ACCT talks lunch symposium on bladder and bowel synergies, healthcare professionals wish for development in continence care.

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Topics: ISCoS, ACCT2017

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: Catheter choice matters with Diane Newman

Posted by Helene Klasson, September 14 2017

"The most important thing is to precribe the right catheter to the right person – it's the match that matters", Diane Newman, urology nurse for over 30 years, says.
We were happy to get an interview with her at ICS. 

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Topics: Catheter, Clean Intermittent Catheterization

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 adult care could learn from", says Dr Giovanni Mosiello, pediatric urologist, when we met with him at ICS in Florence.

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

Hassan's Remarkable Recovery

Posted by Helene Klasson, September 5 2017

The doctors attending to Hassan had not heard from him in a long time; with his extensive injuries and constant battling of infection, they feared the worse. But the most remarkable recovery had occurred. This is how it happened…

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Topics: Spinal cord injury, UTI, Intermittent Catheterization

Do only older men suffer from an Enlarged Prostate?

Posted by Helene Klasson, August 31 2017

"I thought prostate problems affected the oldies, not people like me, in their 40's. But when the weak flow, urgency and nightly visits to the toilet began, I began to wonder…" This is David's story.

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Topics: BPH, Enlarged Prostate, Men's Health

What is LUTS?

Posted by Helene Klasson, August 24 2017

Sooner or later most men will suffer from urinary problems. That’s no uplifting prognosis… But knowing about the symptoms – and the treatments – will make it less scary. It’s time to learn more about LUTS!
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Topics: Enlarged Prostate, Men's Health, LUTS, Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms

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 and TAI

Bowel dysfunction in children

Posted by Helene Klasson, May 19 2017

Bowel problems in children can occur for many different reasons. Some are related to a specific diagnosis, like Spina Bifida or Anorectal Malformation. Some are more diffuse and differ over time, like constipation or tummy cramps. We tried to map some of the concepts for you!

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Topics: bowel management, TAI, Neurogenic bowel, 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

Passion for dancing: Meet Joel Brown

Posted by Helene Klasson, April 13 2017

Joel’s older brother was driving the car, packed with siblings, returning from a sunny day at the lake when the accident happened. At the age of 9 Joel suffered a spinal cord injury, but it didn’t stop him from making his way to the dance floor.

Photo by Hugo Glendinning 

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Topics: Spinal cord injury, Coping strategies

What’s the best way to ensure quality in urology care?

Posted by Helene Klasson, March 25 2017

If you ask the European Association of Urology Nurses (EAUN) they would say: Guidelines. We took the opportunity to talk to Susanne Vahr, Clinical Nurse Specialist at University Hospital of Copenhagen, but also a board member of EAUN, responsible for the EAUN guidelines.

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Topics: CIC

Exchanging the wheelchair for a Porsche

Posted by Helene Klasson, March 15 2017

There are 10 000 people with a racing license in the UK. 200 of them are women, and one of them has a spinal cord injury. Her name is Nathalie McGloin and today she is at the ACCT symposium in Sweden to share her inspiring story.  For you who will miss it – here is a teaser!

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Topics: Spinal cord injury, sports, ACCT2017

Neurogenic bladder and bowel – two sides of the same coin?

Posted by Helene Klasson, March 9 2017

Heads or tails? It's the same coin, and when treating neurogenic bladder and bowel, it's the patient that is the unifying focus.

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Topics: Neurogenic bladder, Neurogenic bowel