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Ann Yates

Director of Continence Services, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.

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The neurogenic bladder: developing a consensus bladder and bowel management pathway for people with MS

MS is a chronic inflammatory condition, affecting the central nervous system, which leads to the formation of lesions in the white and grey matter, as well as diffuse damage and neurodegeneration of...

Continence issues in individuals living with multiple sclerosis

Bladder and/or bowel dysfunction in MS can occur at the onset of the disease or any time during its course. It can impact either the bladder or bowel directly, through plaques damaging the areas of...

Faecal incontinence: a healthcare taboo

FI is the term used to describe the inability to control the bowels (ICS, 2015). Benezech et al (2016) defined FI as the involuntary loss of flatus (wind) and/or solid or liquid stool through the anal...

Implementing the Welsh patient safety notice on bowel care for patients at risk of autonomic dysreflexia

Wales, as a devolved nation, has its own health service provision and all health boards were obliged to undertake the requirements of the patient safety notice. It was soon identified that not all...

Transanal irrigation: is it the magic intervention for bowel management in individuals with bowel dysfunction?

Bowel dysfunction includes both constipation and faecal incontinence. Although faecal incontinence is not as common as constipation, its incidence increases with age; it is defined as the recurrent...

Transanal irrigation: an alternative therapy for bowel dysfunction?

First-line treatments for bowel problems should be conservative and usually include dietary adjustments, fibre supplements, lifestyle changes, laxatives (including specialist initiated medication such...

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