Feasibility of the constipation point-of-care ultrasound educational program in observing fecal retention in the colorectum: A descriptive study

Masaru Matsumoto, Mikako Yoshida, Yuka Miura, Naoko Sato, Yohei Okawa, Masako Yamada, Junji Otaki, Gojiro Nakagami, Junko Sugama, Shingo Okada, Hideki Ohta, Hiromi Sanada

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Aim: Nurses have difficulty assessing the type of constipation by ordinal assessment methods and may therefore struggle to select an appropriate defecation care. Although previous studies described the safety and effectiveness of defecation care based on ultrasonographic observations in the colorectum, no standardized educational program has been established. This study aimed to determine the feasibility of the constipation point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) educational program regarding the use of ultrasonography as an assessment tool to determine different types of constipation. Methods: This descriptive study was conducted for visiting nurses working in Japan. The constipation POCUS educational program that nurses can learn in as short as 7 days comprised four elements: E-learning, a hands-on seminar, self-learning, and objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs). The nurses were asked to complete a questionnaire regarding the education materials. OSCEs were used to assess the participants' skills in assessing patients based on the use of ultrasound observation in the colorectum. Results: Of the 44 participants who enrolled, 40 were able to complete the program. All the 40 participants (100.0%) who took the OSCEs were able to pass at the first attempt. Moreover, 94.9% of the trainees indicated that this program was able to cover the content necessary to use ultrasonography in home care settings. Conclusions: The results of this study suggest that the 7-day constipation POCUS educational program provided trainees with a foundational knowledge and skills to observe fecal retention in the colorectum. Thus, further educational program enhancements and clinical skill evaluations are needed to maximize the program's effectiveness in the future.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere12385
JournalJapan Journal of Nursing Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 01-2021
Externally publishedYes

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