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Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP

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MONGE, Francisco Javier Carmona; ANGORRILLA, Irene Álvarez; AGUADO, Elena Sánchez  and  RUIZ, Felisa Rodríguez. Rectal ulceration due to using the Fexi-Seal fecal management system: a case report. Rev. esc. enferm. USP [online]. 2011, vol.45, n.5, pp.1256-1259. ISSN 0080-6234.

The Flexi-Seal Fecal Management System is a device designed to offer improved care to critical care patients with fecal incontinence. Studies have proven the safety and effectiveness of the device, but there are scarce reports on the adverse events. This article presents two cases of critical care patients who developed complications associated with the use of the Flexi-Seal FMS. The System proved to be effective for the treatment; however, it requires special care in the handling, particularly regarding the periodical relief of pressure from the retention balloon and the correct positioning of the collection bag on the bed, so as to avoid excessive traction. The Flexi-Seal is useful to manage diarrhoea in critical patients, improving their well-being and reducing associated complications. Nevertheless, there is a need to improve knowledge related to the complications that may occur.

Keywords : Diarrhea; Fecal incontinence; Intensive care; Equipment; Nursing.

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